Rowan County Clerk

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Delinquent Taxes

The 2023 sale date will be on August 30, 2024 at 10 AM in the Fiscal Court Room of the Rowan County Courthouse.

600 West Main Street, Suite 102, Morehead, Ky. 40351

Delinquent Property Tax Timeline

Each year the citizens of Rowan County pay their annual property tax to the county. In the event, an individual fails to pay by the deadline (April 16), the property tax bill will be transferred to the Rowan County Clerk’s Office, and penalty fees will be assessed. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for collecting delinquent property tax bills.

  • October – The Rowan County Sheriff mails the tax bill postcards
  • November through April 15th – The Rowan County Sheriff collects all property tax bills
  • April 15th – The delinquent tax bills are transferred to the Rowan County Clerk’s Office for collection

If you do not receive your tax bill by the first of November, please call the Property Value Assessor’s Office at (606) 784-5512 to confirm your mailing address.

The Rowan County Attorney’s Office will attempt to notify the property owner of their delinquency.

If the tax bill is not paid in full by the date of the tax sale, the tax bill (NOT the actual property) will go up for sale and may be purchased by a third property.

Click the link below if you need information on how to apply for the Homestead Exemption.

Annual Tax Sale

Delinquent bills must be advertised no more than 45 days and no less than 30 days before the tax sale.

Third Party Purchasers – All third party purchasers, purchasing one or more bills, are required to submit their registration form for the tax sale at Rowan County Clerk’s Office. Any third party purchaser wishing to purchase five or more bills statewide and three in one county or invest more than $10,000 are also required to register with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.

There is a 25% deposit required that is to be submitted to our office with a list of intended tax bill purchases no later than 10 days prior to the tax sale.

Payoff Information

The Clerk’s Office accepts delinquent property tax payments Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Methods of Payment:

  • Cash
  • Certified Check
  • Cashier’s Check
  • Money Order
  • Debit Card ($2.50 processing fee will be added to total)
  • Credit Card ($2.50 or 3% processing fee will be added to total)

Make checks payable to the Rowan County Clerk

The Clerk’s Office CANNOT accept partial payments on delinquent tax bills. If you are unable to make your payment in full you may call the Rowan County Attorney’s Office to make payment arrangements at (606) 784-4640

The current year taxes are collected at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, please call (606) 784-5446, or contact them through their web site.

SMLLC Delinquent Tax Bill Look Up

The website you’re about to go to was designed to identify for third party purchasers the current year delinquent tax bills available for sale for the counties listed, in compliance with HB262 (2008) for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It is an information website only. The County Clerk’s office will be the sole determinant of the actual dollar amounts applicable to each bill at the time of sale.

Delinquent Taxes FAQ

Can you tell me about Third Party Purchaser Dates?

All dates are close of business. Paperwork must be submitted by mail or in person. We will not accept any of the required documents via fax or email.

August: Third-Party Purchasers may need to register with the Department of Revenue (DOR) before being able to participate in the annual Clerk’s sale. This is the latest date that can show on your DOR registration as the date you may begin purchasing certificates of delinquency in and be eligible to participate in our sale. Department of Revenue Registration information is provided.

August: Last day to submit a list of current certificates of delinquency the purchaser is interested in purchasing at the sale if the purchaser was properly registered by the July deadline. The list must be prepared in order by tax bill number, lowest to highest.

August: Last day for each third party purchaser to register with the county clerk to participate in clerk’s sale of priority or current year certificates of delinquency.

August: Last day to submit list and payment of priority certificates of delinquency the purchaser intends to purchase. Payment should include 100% of the amount due for each certificate and the $45.00 lien assignment fee for each certificate listed.

How many people from my company can participate in the tax sales?

We are accepting only one representative per company to participate in the tax sale.

How does the sale process work?

The annual sale will be a lottery, serpentine style, with rounds as follows:

Rounds 1-2: 1 Bill
Rounds 3-4: 5 Bills
Rounds 5 and above: Up to 10 Bills

How can I view current delinquent tax bills?

What are the procedures for delinquent tax sales?

The annual sale of current year certificates of delinquency will be held in July, in the Rowan County Clerk’s office located at 600 West Main Street Room 102.

The published notice of all current year certificates of delinquency will be advertised in The State Journal in June. After publication of the advertisement, a listing of these certificates will also be available online at The website address for this listing will also be included in the published ad in June. Our office will not provide lists of available bills.

Copies of all lists of priority certificates shall be available, by request, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the sale. However, once the priority certificates have been approved, a comprehensive listing will be available at  Additionally, purchasers may make a request by contacting our office at 606-784-5212.

Third party purchasers may also obtain delinquent tax information in our office during normal business hours.

Can you explain bankruptcy issues with delinquent tax sales?

KRS 134.128 provides that any certificate of delinquency involved in bankruptcy litigation in which the county attorney or department has filed a claim shall be prohibited from being sold by the county clerk. However, since local officials are often not informed timely of these filings, third party purchasers should be encouraged to do their own research before purchasing certificates of delinquency at a tax sale. A subscription service knows as “PACER” can be utilized by third-party purchasers to get up to date information about bankruptcy filings. Third-party purchasers can obtain more information about this service by visiting
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