Real property with a tax year three (3) or more years delinquent is subject to foreclosure. To redeem the property after foreclosure proceedings begin, all current and prior years' taxes, interest, penalties, as well as foreclosure costs must be paid (RCW 84.64).

Columbia County Treasurer tax foreclosure sales are BUYER BEWARE sales. The parcels are offered on a "where is" & "as is" basis. The County makes no representation of warranty, nor any guarantee of warranty, expressed 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. The County conveys the entirety of the interest that it may legally transfer, unless otherwise noted.

Anyone considering purchasing a property at a tax foreclosure sale should be aware of the risks and investigate the property carefully prior to the auction date.

Treasurer's Deeds issued on parcels acquired in foreclosure sales DO NOT warrant clear title. It is strongly recommended that the buyer view the property and make additional inquiries about concerns or questions that may arise.

A minimum bid will be solicited for each property. This bid must include all taxes, interest, penalties and foreclosure costs. The live auction will be held in the courtroom of the Columbia County Courthouse. Payment is by cash or certified funds and due within one hour of conclusion of sale. If payment is not completed, the auction will resume and property will once again go up for bid. 

The successful bidder will receive a Treasurer's Deed without any expressed or implied warranty. Columbia County does not warrant any property suitable for any use, nor do they make any claims regarding easements, covenants or restrictions. All parcels are sold "as is" and all sales are final. Potential purchasers should seek the advice of a real estate attorney if additional information is needed.

Columbia County does not issue Tax Lien Certificates as Washington State is not a Tax Lien state.

Any questions about the foreclosure process should be directed to Carla Rowe, County Treasurer at 509-382-2641 or

 * All schedule dates are subject to change


The 2023 tax foreclosure sale is tentatively scheduled for January 12, 2024. 

Excess Funds From Tax Foreclosure

2023 Foreclosure Sale