Bidding Rules

Summary of Dates and Important Information


Routt County, Colorado 2021 Tax Certificate Sale Auction
Information on the Public Auction of Delinquent Real Property Tax Liens

The Tax Lien Sale is a public auction usually held around the first part of November. Buyers pay the total advertised price consisting of tax, interest to the date of auction and an advertising fee. They also pay a certificate fee ($4.00) and an auction fee ($12.00), plus any premium bid. The person paying the highest amount is issued a Certificate of Purchase. This is a negotiable document representing a lien on the property and it is valid for 15 years. The buyer does not recover the premium and auction fee paid over the starting amount. The certificate earns interest at the rate stated on the certificate with portions of calendar months considered as whole months.

A buyer list showing certificate numbers, parcel numbers, and total paid will be provided to the buyer. Buyers are responsible for keeping adequate records. The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the public auction of the tax lien, immediate notification to buyer of redemptions, and safe-keeping of the original Certificate of Purchase (we will provide copies of the Certificate upon request).

Buyers may, after July 31st pay the subsequent year’s unpaid taxes for endorsement onto their certificates. These payments earn the same interest as the original public auction.

If the property has not been redeemed after three years from the date of public auction, the buyer can apply for a Treasurer’s Deed to the property. A deposit of $650.00 (Real Property) and $200 (Minerals) is due at the time of application. After a title search, advertising and notification of all interested parties, a Treasurer’s Deed is issued if there has been no redemption. This process generally takes four to six months.

If you wish to participate in our public auction you must register prior to the start of the auction and set a budget. The subject of the sale of Tax Liens, Deeds, Redemptions, etc., which are administered by the County Treasurers, is covered by Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 39, Articles 11 and 12.

In accordance with C.R.S. §39-11-115(2)(c) and (d), minimum bids and bid increase increments are as follows:

  • Minimum bids: The minimum starting bid for each tax lien is equal to the amount of the unpaid taxes, interest, penalties, and fees (the tax lien face value).

  • Bid increments: Bid increments shall be One dollar ($1.00). Tax liens are awarded to the highest bidder, or in the event of a tie, the winner will be selected at random by the auction engine, and the winning bid amount will equal the amount of the tie bid.

Tax liens will be grouped into batches and sold starting on Friday, October 29th, 2021, at 8:00 AM MT and concluding on Friday, October 29th, 2021, at 10:00 AM MT. Tax liens in each batch will be identified with a closing time.

Pre bids may be made starting Friday, October 1st, 2021, at 8:00 AM MT. Bids will be accepted for each tax lien until the batch containing it closes. Prior to the closing of the batch, bidders may change or withdraw their bids. Once a batch closes, the bids become final and may not be changed or withdrawn.

Each winning bidder shall make a payment of funds sufficient to cover the total amount of the bidder’s winning bids on the Auction Website no later than Monday, November 1st, 2021 at 2:00 PM MT. If a winning bidder fails to make such a payment, the Treasurer may, in their sole discretion, award the tax liens to another bidder or may offer the tax lien for sale again. The Treasurer may prohibit a person who fails to pay the amount due from bidding, from participating in any tax lien sales for up to five years in accordance with C.R.S. 39-11-116.

Redemption interest is 9% per annum.

The Routt CountyTax Lien Sale will close on Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 10:00 AM MT.

At the close of the last regular batch in the sale, an auxiliary batch will be created which contains all items that were not sold in earlier batches. This "last chance" batch, will open for bidding at 11:00 AM MT and will close at 1:00 PM MT when the sale is officially adjourned.

Tax liens not sold online will be available over the counter in the Treasurer’s office in Steamboat Springs, CO.


Please Note:

  • Those investing in tax liens do so at their own risk and are advised to exercise due diligence in carefully analyzing which tax liens to bid on. There are no guarantees, expressed or implied, regarding whether a tax lien will prove to be a profitable investment.

  • The property information accessible on the bid pages was obtained from the Assessor’s office prior to the start of the current auction and is for reference only (please note that this property information provided by the Assessor’s office, represents the most current assessment year, not the tax year associated with this tax lien sale, as taxes are paid one year in arrears). It is the buyer’s responsibility to research auction items thoroughly prior to placing bids.

  • County officials and employees of Routt County and members of their families are not permitted to purchase at the public auction.




  Bidder Accounts  
  Allow foreign bidder registrations     No
  Single simultaneous bidder rule     No
  Auction Information  
  Bidding style     Proxy Bid Auction
  0 value bids use proxy system     No
  Allow sub-accounts     No
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee   --- ---
  Auction Dates and Times  
  Registration begins (site opens)**     10/01/2021 at 8:00 AM MT  
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets begin     10/01/2021 at 8:00 AM MT  
  Bidding begins     10/01/2021 at 8:00 AM MT  
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets end       10/22/2021 at 2:00 PM MT   
  Participation Requirements  

  Submit a deposit  
  Enter ACH Redemption Information  

  Participation Requirements Due Date     10/22/2021 at 2:00 PM MT   
  Registrations end     10/22/2021 at 2:00 PM MT   
  First batch closes     10/29/2021 at 8:00 AM MT   
  Batch closing interval     60 Minutes
  Last batch closes     10/29/2021 at 10:00 AM MT  
  Auxiliary batch opens     10/29/2021 at 11:00 AM MT  
  Auxiliary batch closes     10/29/2021 at 1:00 PM MT  
  Payment due date     11/01/2021 at 2:00 PM MT   
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information    
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)     10%
  Minimum deposit amount     $0.00
  Registration Fee     $0.00
  Registration Fee Refundable      No
  Registration Fee Applied to Winnings      No
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
      Budget    No ---
      ACH    Yes No
      ACH auto-debit final payment    --- Yes
      Wire transfers   No No
      Counter payments   No No
  Redemptions available via ACH?   Yes
  Public Access  
  Public computers available   Routt Public Library
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  


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