Baldwin County Tax Sale Information
When is the Tax Sale held?
  • Tax Sales are held annually for all unpaid tax properties (usually in May).
  • Properties are advertised in local Gulf Coast Newspapers (Bulletin, Fairhope Courier, Islander, Foley Onlooker, Elberta-Lillian Ledger, Independent, Baldwin Times and Spanish Fort Sun) for 3 weeks prior to the sale date.
  • The Tax Sale is held at the Revenue Commissioner's Office in Bay Minette in a public outcry auction, beginning at 10:00 a.m., on the day specified in the Notice of Sale.
Registration Required
  • Registration is held the day of the sale prior to start time of 10:00 a.m. There is no charge for registration.
  • Required Registration Information: Name, Address, Telephone Number, Social Security/Tax ID Number
Bidding for Property Tax Interest
  • Anyone wishing to purchase tax property must appear in person. If there are bids, property interest goes to the highest bidder. (Overbidding is allowed, up to 15% of the appraised value of the property. Any portion of the overbid that exceeds this percentage will not earn interest).
Purchasing Property Tax Interest
  • In Alabama, purchasers of tax sale properties are purchasing the Tax Interest ONLY, not the property.
  • Payment in full is required at the end of the sale. Payment methods include cash, personal check, business check, money order or cashier's check.*Credit Card payments are NOT accepted at this time.
  • A Certificate of Land Sold for Taxes will be issued upon finalization of the tax sale. These will be sent by mail. (This is NOT a tax deed).
After the Purchase
  • At any time within the first 3 years from the date of the tax sale, the owners of said property can redeem this property through the Revenue Commissioner's Office.
  • The principal, plus interest, at time of redemption is refunded to the purchasers of the tax lien. The present rate of interest is 12% annually. The certificate of sale is then null and void.
  • A tax deed cannot be issued until 3 years from the date of the tax sale. At that time the purchaser must surrender his certificate to the Judge of Probate, who in turn, issues a tax deed.
Tax Properties Not Purchased
  • Tax properties not purchased are returned to the State of AL. After these are sent to the state, purchasers wishing to buy tax interest at this time must apply to the:

Alabama State Department of Revenue
Ad Valorem Tax Division

P.O. Box 327210
Montgomery, AL 36132-7210
Phone: 334.242.1525

  • The state will notify you of the amount necessary to purchase the tax lien. The state will only accept certified checks for tax sale properties.