Frequently Asked Questions

Date: April 2nd, 2019
Time: Sign In at 8:00 a.m., Auction at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Shelby County Commission Auditorium. 200 West College Street, Columbiana, Alabama 35051

Once a year.

When: March 1, 2019
Where: The Property Tax Commissioner's Website

Contact the Property Tax Office for a Bidder form & W-9 or visit our website.
You may also obtain a "Bidder Form" and W9 at the counter the day of the sale.

Cashier's check, money order, cash or direct wire transfer are the methods of payments we accept. We do not require any deposit.

The bidding is on the interest percentage rate that you would earn on your initial investment starting at 12% per year and bidding down from that rate.

After the tax lien sale is over you will receive a Bid Report with a list of parcel numbers you purchased and amounts due.

We charge a $10.00 Non-refundable processing fee, which is included in the cost of the lien, but does not earn interest.

Our office is not involved in the Foreclosure process.

They can be purchased at any time over the counter after the Tax Lien Auction.

You must be present at the auction in order to purchase from the auction. A representative can bid for you at the auction but, must have a completed W-9 Form. We do sell tax liens by mail, telephone or fax during the year as listed above in question 10.

A hard copy of the list is $150. It must be paid for in advance by cashier's check or money order before we will mail it out. The list includes a parcel number, the owner's name and the approximate amount of tax due on the property and the site's address if applicable. You may get the list for FREE on our web site at: Delinquent Tax Listing

If you need further information, the Code of Alabama Statute can be found at

Tax liens do expire after ten years pursuant to HB 354. The accuracy of the information contained here is not guaranteed for legal purposes. Alterations may occur on a regular basis. To get the most recent information available please contact the Property Tax Commissioner's Office.