Tax-forfeited land reviews

Tax-forfeited land sales

As public lands, tax-forfeited lands can provide multiple public benefits, including natural resources uses. However, some lands would best be managed for private benefits and should be returned to private ownership.

Tax-forfeited land sale information is not available from the DNR. If you are interested in purchasing tax-forfeited land, please contact the county auditor or county land department in the county in which the land is located. (Find your county offices using the State of Minnesota county search This link leads to an external site..)

Tax-forfeited land sale review

The DNR is directed by state law to review and approve the sale of certain tax-forfeited lands (i.e. lands that have forfeited for non-payment of general real estate tax). The county where the parcel is located makes a determination of whether or not the parcel will require DNR review by referring to the summary of statutory review granted to DNR for the review of proposed land sales.

For counties

The DNR intends to work in partnership with counties to fairly and efficiently review tax-forfeited parcels. Resources to assist in this process:

More information

For more information contact the Lands and Minerals Regional Operations Supervisor