The holder of a tax certificate may apply for a tax deed application when two or more years have elapsed since April 1st of the year the certificate was issued.

Application for a tax deed is made to the tax collector’s Office. The application allows the property to be sold at public auction; however, the owner may retain the property by paying the taxes any time before the tax deed is issued.

The public auction is conducted by the Bay County Clerk of Court’s. Information on the auction can be found at: Tax Deed Sales