Tax Sales

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 Municipal Administration Building, 414 Woodlawn Drive, 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 delivered through a public auction or by tender, where 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 Process

Tax Sale Auction process begins for any properties that have ANY balance owning from the previous fiscal and current fiscal (due Jun 30th each year). Tax Sale list is generated, and a Preliminary Notice of Tax Sale is mailed. The owner has 30 days (including the date on the Preliminary Notice) to pay current balance in full.

After August 1st
(30 days including date of the above Preliminary Notice of Tax Sale). Tax Sale expenses start to be added to property tax account. These expenses can total upwards of $500.00, depending upon the stage you at at in the tax sale process.

November / December
60-Day Notice of Tax Sale is sent by registered mail to property owners and lien holders. This notice is also posted to the property or served to the property owners.

January – March
Properties are publicly advertised twice in the local newspaper and on the municipal website. The first advertisement being at least one month prior to the Tax Sale.

A Date In March
Public Tax Sale Auction is held in the Municipal Building at 414 Woodlawn drive, Nova Scotia. All bidders will receive a ‘bidder package’ which includes a bid number, list of properties, and bidder information sheet.

6 Month Redemption Period
The provision to redeem (if applicable) ends six months from Tax Sale date.

Please note: Although, every attempt is made to follow these dates and schedule, due to unforeseen factors, dates may be amended. The Municipality of Shelburne reserves the right to modify any dates at its discretion.

Tender Tax Sale Process

The Tender Tax Sale Process follows the same timing schedule as the Tax Sale Process, only there is no public auction; but instead sealed tender bids are accepted and opened on a live feed.

Current Tax Sales List

Click here for Tax Sale Tender Package