Tax Deed Sales

One of the functions the Clerk of Court’s Official Records Department is responsible for is holding tax deed sales. Tax Deed Sales deal with the selling of property to the highest bidder at a public auction in order to recover delinquent property taxes. A tax deed sale occurs after an owner of a Tax Certificate applies to the Tax Collector for a Tax Deed.

For information on purchasing a tax certificate please visit the Wakulla County Tax Collector’s website at

List of Lands Available for Taxes
Currently, there is nothing available on the List of Lands. Please continue to monitor this page for any updates. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call (850) 926-0326. Thank you.

List of Tax Deeds for Sale

Tax Deed Sale Rules of Conduct:

  • Remember this is a “BUYER BEWARE” situation. Each buyer must conduct his or her own due diligence search. Due diligence includes but is not limited to, conducting an independent search to insure that you are aware of any liens or encumbrances on the property.
  • All Bidders are required to sign in by printing their name on the Bidder Registration form in the Official Records Department prior to 9:45 am the day of the sale.  This will allow 15 minutes administrative time for the Clerk to prepare for the sale and ensure the sale will start on time at 10:00 am.  All registered bidders will be assigned a bidding paddle with a number. *Note:  Regarding property owners; If you are a property owner wanting to redeem your parcel DO NOT sign in.  Please speak with a Clerk immediately.  Per F.S. 197.472 Redemption of tax certificates. (1) A person may redeem a tax certificate at any time after the certificate is issued and before a tax deed is issued unless full payment for a tax deed is made to the clerk of the court, including documentary stamps and recording fees.
  • The high bidder shall post with the Clerk a non-refundable cash deposit of $200 or 5% of the winning bid, whichever is greater, at the time of the sale. This can be either cash, money order or cashier check. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.
  • Bidders may be required or asked to show their willingness and ability to post the deposit prior to the sale.
  • If you need to view a Tax Deed file, you can do so on our in-house computers during regular business hours.


Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are tax deed sales held?
Tax Deed Sales are held when advertised. Tax deed sales are advertised for a period of four (4) consecutive weeks in the Wakulla News (Local Newspaper). Tax Deed sales are generally held on a Wednesday, usually at 10:00 a.m. at the Wakulla County Court House located at 3056 Crawfordville Hwy Crawfordville FL. The sale is held in the main lobby area located on the first floor of the Courthouse outside the Official Records Room 121.

Are there specific requirements for paying for a tax deed?
Before the sale begins, each bidder should be aware of the requirements of Florida Law. All sales are for cash, a certified cashier’s check or a money order. Anyone bidding on the property should have already made financial arrangements so that they can meet the requirements of the sale. If the balance of the bid is not received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the sale, it may be necessary to void the sale and advertise the property for resale. If this occurs, the initial $200.00 or 5% deposit shall be used by the court to pay all costs of the sale and any amount remaining is directed to be applied toward the judgment.

The successful bidder is also required to pay for the documentary stamps on the Tax Deed, and any other fees for recording said Tax Deed. A purchaser at a judicial sale takes the property subject to any defects, liens, encumbrances and all matters of which he/she has notice or of which he/she could have obtained knowledge.

What can I expect once the sale begins?
A tax deed sale works the same way as any auction. Bidding will start with the statutory opening bid amount. This amount will differ with each tax deed application. The sale will continue until the bidding stops in which the highest bidder will be the considered the successful bidder. All parties are asked to refrain from conversation while a sale is being conducted.

What happens after the sale?
Once the sale is over all successful bidders will be required to come into the Clerk’s Office Official Record Dept. and post their cash deposit. Each successful bidder will be dealt with on an individual basis. At that time the successful bidder will be given the total amount due. This will include; the successful bid amount, documentary stamp fee’s, recording fees, and any other applicable fees. All fees are due and payment is expected by 4:00 p.m. the day of the sale.

What if I am the successful bidder and I fail to return with the payment?
Section 197.542(2), F.S. states: “the clerk may refuse to recognize the bid of any person who has previously bid and refused, for any reason, to honor such bid.” The unpaid successful bid will be thrown out, the property will be re-advertised for two weeks in the local paper and then sold to the highest bidder at another public auction. All monies received for the deposit (5% or $200.00) will be used to pay the fees to process a new sale. Additionally, those individuals who fail to return and make payment on a successful bid will not be allowed to bid at any future tax deed sales.

If you have any questions, please call (850) 926-0326 or (850) 926-0322.