The Whatcom County Treasurer may conduct several property auctions per year, as necessary. Different types of property can be sold at each of these sales. The number of parcels, or items auctioned, varies greatly from sale to sale. An auction may have anywhere from one item, to hundreds of items. Because they vary so much, the location of each auction may change to accommodate the number of persons attending, or the type of items being auctioned. Click on the appropriate link below for the minimum bid list for a particular sale.

Past Sale Results

Annual Tax Foreclosure Sale November 14-15, 2022 - Sale Results Coming Soon!
Tax-Title Property Sale November 4, 2022 - Sale Results
Annual Tax Foreclosure Sale November 29-30, 2021 - Sale Results

Future Sales

Personal Property Tax Distraint Sale scheduled ONLINE
Please see the Terms and Conditions for the 2022 Online Auction

Important Dates:

  • Bidder Deposit Deadline              November 29, 2022 1:30pm PST
  • Bidding Opens                             December 5, 2022 12pm PST
  • Bidding Closes                             December 6, 2022 at various times
  • 5 Properties can be found on the Minimum Bid List


Public notice is hereby given that pursuant to authority contained in RCW 84.56.070 & RCW 36.16.145 and by virtue of the Notice of Distraint/Lien effected by the Whatcom County Treasurer at least thirty (30) days prior to this sale, I shall on the 5th day of December, 2022, commencing at 12:00 p.m., Pacific time, at, sell the personal property to the highest and best bidder to satisfy the full amount of taxes, interest, and costs due. Prospective bidders must deposit $350 to participate in bidding. A deposit paid by a winning bidder will be applied to the balance due. However, a winning bidder who does not comply with the terms of sale will forfeit the deposit. Deposits paid by nonwinning bidders will be refunded within ten business days of the close of the sale. Payment of deposits and a winning bid must be made by electronic funds transfer. In the case of an online public auction sale by electronic media as provided in Revised Code of Washington 36.16.145, a winning bidder is allowed no less than forty-eight hours to pay the winning bid by electronic funds transfer. 

In witness whereof, I have affixed my hand and seal this 10th day of November, 2022.
Steven N. Oliver
Treasurer of Whatcom County 

Notice of Tax Distraint Sale

No Guarantees

Anyone considering buying property at a Treasurer's sale should be aware that there is risk. When selling parcels, the County conveys the entirety of the interest that it is legally capable of transferring, unless otherwise noted. However, the County does not guarantee or provide warranty as to the extent of the interest. The County makes no guarantees whatsoever on parcels sold at Treasurer's sales.

The following statement applies to all Treasurer's property sales:

"This is a buyer beware sale. All sales are final. We offer the parcels on a 'where is' and 'as is' basis. The County makes no representation of warranty, express or implied, nor any guarantee of warranty, express or implied, as to the condition of title to any property, nor the physical condition of any property or its fitness for any use or purpose."

Types of Sales