Tax-forfeited properties are parcels on which delinquent property taxes were not paid, title to the land and buildings was forfeited and title is now vested in the state of Minnesota. Dakota County manages the properties while in trust for the state. Following a review period per Minnesota Statutes, these properties are classified and offered to the public at auction.
Public auction completed
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized a public sale of tax-forfeited properties, and the auction has concluded. At this time, there are no over-the-counter properties available.
Property sold “as is”
All property is sold "as is" and may not conform to local building and zoning ordinances. The County makes no warranty as to the condition of the soil or that the land is "buildable." All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.
Do your research before buying
The County recommends you thoroughly research any tax-forfeited parcels before purchase.
- For general land information, please go to
Property Information Search and enter the parcel identification number in the upper, left-hand corner without spaces or dashes.
- Most liens and mortgages, except federal and state tax liens, are canceled at the time of forfeiture. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify this information. Please contact Dakota County Property Records at 651-438-4597 for direction with checking if there are existing liens and mortgages.
- You will also need to
check environmental concerns for the property.
- To see if the property is buildable or for zoning questions, please check with the city or township the property located in the
Contact counsel for legal issues
For specific legal issues, you should consider contacting your own legal counsel. Services of an attorney may be necessary to make the title marketable. You are advised to consult an attorney for advice specific to a particular parcel of land and your plans for it.
The following state statutes apply to tax-forfeited property:
Pending forfeiture posting
Properties with delinquent taxes, having a judgment year of 2016, are pending forfeiture. If no action is taken, the properties will forfeit to the State of Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2020.
To stop the forfeiture process, the delinquent taxes are to be paid in full no later than Sept. 30, 2020. Or, if the taxpayer qualifies for a Confession of Judgment (COJ) payment plan, then a COJ must be taken out no later than Sept. 30, 2020.
Interest on delinquent taxes accrues monthly. The amount shown on the Pending Tax Forfeiture List is for payment in the month of July 2020 as of May 1, 2020. If paid earlier or later than July 2020, you must call 651-438-4576 for an amount due.
If there are any questions, please contact Amy Smith at 651-438-4376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.