Land - Real Property

Periodically the county acquires real property (land) through foreclosure process. Once it has been determined that the property is of no use to the county for its functions, the property then becomes "surplus" and is available for the public to bid on.

It is up to the bidder to investigate the property for all liens, judgments, taxes, or other encumbrances. It is also the responsibility of the bidder to verify the property with regard to size, zoning, and development potential to see if the land is suitable for building on, to the extent that the bidder is satisfied and understands what is being acquired. All properties are sold "as is" and all sales must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The County of Onslow may at any time reject any or all offers.

Submitting an Initial Offer


An initial offer or an upset bid for county-owned property must be submitted in writing. It is encouraged that offers be submitted on the County's Offer to Purchase County Owned Surplus Land form (PDF).

The written offer shall be in an amount at least 100% of the current tax value and should be accompanied by a 5% bid deposit. All offers less than the 100% current tax value will not be considered and will be returned. The bid deposit shall be in the form of a cashier's check, or money order payable to "Onslow County." Personal in-state checks are also accepted. The written offer should be mailed or hand delivered to:
Onslow County Purchasing
234 NW Corridor Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Offers will be reviewed by staff prior to making a recommendation to the County Board of Commissioners.

Offer Status


The Purchasing Staff will contact the Offeror with the status of their offer.

Methods of Sale


In accordance with NC.G.S. 160A, the County may dispose of real property utilizing certain methods