Relinquished Shoreland Properties Listing
The properties listed here are formerly leased state tax forfeited parcels to be sold at future public auction: Relinquished Shoreland Property Listing. updated 5-31-16
On November 1, 2011 the St. Louis County Board authorized the Land and Minerals Department to appraise and offer for sale into private ownership all of the county's 278 shoreland leases (County Board Resolution No. 559, November 1, 2011). The current leaseholder has the first right to purchase the land at market value or to continue the annual lease (not to exceed the lifetime of the leaseholder). If the current leaseholder does not wish to purchase or continue the lease the land will be sold at public auction, with the value of any improvements paid to the leaseholder.
The Minnesota Legislature has authorized this sale in the 2012 Minnesota Session Laws, Chapter 236, Sec. 28.
Shoreland Lease Plats
Survey contracts have been awarded. The starting date of this project was April 1, 2013. For additional information and a list of the surveyors that will be completing surveys on each lake, please see our Spring, 2013 Shoreland Lease Newsletter. The preliminary survey work has been completed, which includes all required corner certificates and preliminary plats to be submitted to the County by April 11, 2014.
Appraisal contracts have been awarded. The starting date of this project was May 1, 2014. For additional information and a list of appraisers that will be completing appraisals on each lake, please see our Spring, 2014 Shoreland Lease Newsletter. Appraisals are required to be completed in their entirety and submitted to the County by December 15, 2014. For more information and some frequently asked questions, please see our December 2014 Shoreland Lease Newsletter.
For zoning information, please contact the St. Louis County Planning and Community Development Department at 218-725-5000 (Duluth) or 218-749-7103 (Virginia).
For septic information, please contact the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department at 218-749-0625 or 218-725-5200.
Shoreland Lease Sales Program
Update: May 2015
Minnesota Session Laws 2012, Chapter 236, Section 28 authorizes St. Louis County to sell, at its sole discretion, tax forfeited shoreland lots that are currently leased. In anticipation of future requests and inquiries regarding the transfer, purchase and continued leasing of shoreland lots, the Land & Minerals Department has developed the following set of operational directives, presented here in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. The Land & Minerals Department is currently in the process of recording the land surveys as they are completed and approved by the County Surveyor. Sale of lease lots cannot occur until there is a recorded lot. Additionally, the Department is imposing easements where applicable, which must also be recorded before sale of lot can occur.
The majority of shoreland leases have a Primary and Joint lessee who are "Joint Tenants." Both will be served with the notice of appraised value. Shoreland leases have been prioritized for survey, appraisal and sale by the Land Commissioner. Appraisals will be mailed to the leaseholders when the surveys have received final approval.
The following questions and answers are provided for general information only and may not be completely accurate in every circumstance, and may not be complete or applicable to all situations or persons and does not purport to be legal advice. These questions and answers are not intended to be legally binding on the County in a particular case. Furthermore, the information provided in this FAQ section does not purport to address all matters relevant to the shoreland lease lot sale process and does not purport to present any one matter in its entirety.
The information provided in the FAQ section is not intended to be and does not purport to constitute a sufficient basis for purchasers or potential purchasers to determine whether to purchase a lease lot. Each user of this FAQ section is solely and independently responsible for investigating the facts relevant to their particular circumstances, including all matters addressed in the FAQ section, and for determining what other sources of information to consult in relation to shoreland lease lots sales. The County is not responsible for identifying, evaluating or bringing to the attention of any purchaser or potential purchaser, information or changes to FAQ’s. Questions regarding legal rights and obligations should be addressed to a private lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) When will I receive the appraisal for the land and my personal property (leasehold improvements)?
Appraisals will go out by lake as surveys are approved and recorded. Appraised values and purchase agreements will be presented by mail from Hanft Fride Law Firm. We do not know exactly when your lake’s values will be sent. As a leaseholder, if you choose to purchase, you only have to purchase the LAND. The improvements appraisal is relevant if you choose NOT to purchase the land, as it determines the amount a purchaser at a subsequent public auction would have to pay to you for the value of your improvements. Leaseholder improvements include the cabin and any other structures, wells and septic systems on the designated lot.
2) What are my options after receiving the appraised values and purchase agreement?
You have three options: (1) to buy the lot; (2) to continue leasing, but only for the lifetime of the current lessee(s); or (3) to relinquish and your lease will be terminated and the lot will be sold at public auction.
3) When do I need to decide whether to buy my leased lot or continue leasing with the county?
If you choose to purchase the land, you must pay the appraised value of the land in cash within 180 days from the date of mailing of the appraised values and purchase agreement. However, we request a response within 90 days to allow time for closing. If you choose to continue leasing, you must submit an executed leasing agreement within 180 days from the date of mailing of the appraised values.
4) If I change my mind and decide not to purchase after submitting my earnest money, do I get my earnest money back?