The state of California conducts public land auctions, selling tax-defaulted land when the property tax remains unpaid for three to five years, with public auction being the most common method of sale. County tax collectors conduct the auctions, and information is available at each county tax collector's website.
Many California counties conduct their public land auctions online at bid4assets.com. Bid4Assets provides a auction calendar schedule with the name of the participating county and the auction dates. Tax sale auction information is typically available three to four weeks before the auction date. In addition to public auctions, county tax collectors sell tax-defaulted land at sealed bid sales and negotiated sales to qualified nonprofit organizations or public agencies.