Tax Lien Foreclosures


The Snohomish County Treasurer conducts a ONCE A YEAR Tax Lien Foreclosure Auction, pursuant to RCW CHAPTER 84.64. This annual sale of property includes parcels with taxes that are 3 years old and delinquent. 

IN 2024, if the full year 2021 (or any prior years) are unpaid on May 1, 2024, those properties will be in the Certificate of Delinquency-the court filed document that starts Tax Foreclosure. Accounts with 2021 delinquent taxes are considered in pre-foreclosure about Feb 2024, and pre-foreclosure costs are assessed.

The auction is held the last part of NOVEMBER each year and is held online at  The 2024 Snohomish County Tax Foreclosure Auction Sale date is NOT available until the mid-May 2024 court filing; and the “property list” will be available at that time. That list will be subject to change until the date of the sale in late November 2024 (date TBD).

Public record requests for ‘Foreclosure Lists’ or ‘Foreclosure Information’-prior or current year-please see the ‘Request for Foreclosure Information’ page.

Homeowners with property AT RISK for TAX FORECLOSURE and prospective BUYERS OF TAX PROPERTIES: please see the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.

Note: Property that is foreclosed by banks, mortgage companies and other lenders is often sold at ‘Trustee’s Sale’ or ‘Sheriff Sale’ ON THE SNOHOMISH COUNTY COURTHOUSE STEPS ON FRIDAYS. The Treasurer office does NOT have information on those lending agency foreclosures. You may search the Snohomish County Auditor/Recorded Documents for a “Notice of Trustee Sale” and contact the Trustee (the business doing the Foreclosure sale) for information about their sales. For questions regarding the surplus funds generated by these sales, contact the Clerk of the Snohomish County Superior Court at 425 388-3466 (Trustee Sale) or the Sheriff Civil Unit at 425 388-3522 (Sheriff Levy Sale).