Tax Sale

The Municipality of Shelburne conducts Tax Sales annually in March. Once the properties have been advertised in the local newspaper and on our website, descriptions of the properties may be viewed at the Court House & Administration Building, 136 Hammond Street, Nova Scotia during business hours; however, we do not guarantee the accuracy of these property descriptions.

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne makes no representations or warranties to any purchaser regarding the fitness, geophysical or environmental suitability of the land(s) offered for sale for any particular use and are being sold on an "as is" basis only. HST is applicable on the bid price. Please bring legal HST number and legal name on the day of the auction. 

Tax Sales DO NOT in all circumstances resolve defects in title. A tax deed conveys only the interest of the assessed owner, whatever that interest may be. It is advisable to consult with a lawyer before purchasing a property. 

The Tax Sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid at or above the total of all outstanding arrears of taxes, interest and expenses. Successful bidders must pay immediately in cash, debit, certified cheque, money order, bank drafts or lawyers’ trust cheque, the total sum to cover the taxes, interest and expenses. The balance of the bid must be paid in like manner, within three (3) business days of sale. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed, will the Deed pass to the successful bidder.

Purchasers must be aware that a property with less than six (6) years taxes owing may be redeemed within six (6) months after the date of the sale by the owner (or a person having an interest in the property) as per Section 152 of the Municipal Government Act. If the property is more than six years in arrears, the property cannot be redeemed.

Purchasers should also be aware in Sections 151 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), it implies that purchasers do not have absolute rights in the six months when redemption may occur and, therefore, are cautioned to only preserve and not alter the property. Any repairs require written permission of the Treasurer.

Tax Sale Policy