Department of Interior
What is sold
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing more than 261.4 million acres of public lands. Public land is undeveloped land with no improvements. Most of the public lands are located in the Western States and Alaska. The BLM does not offer much land for sale because of a Congressional mandate in 1976 to retain these lands. The BLM occasionally sells parcels of land under certain conditions.The lands are generally rural woodland, grassland, or desert.
How the land is sold
The BLM has three options for selling land:
The sale method is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances of each particular parcel or sale. By law, the lands are offered for sale at fair market value.
How sales are advertised
Land sales are listed in local newspapers and in the Federal Register.
Sales conditions are provided in the Notice of Sale. The BLM can sell public land only to U.S. citizens or corporations subject to Federal or state laws. Employees of the Department of the Interior are not allowed to bid. No financing is available. Cashier's check or cash is required.
For more information
For general BLM information, contact:
BLM National Headquarters
You may wish to consult the BLM website at www.blm.gov. You also may wish to contact the BLM office in the state(s) where you are interested in buying land. The specific states covered by each office are listed here.
BLM - Alaska State Office
222 W. 7th Street, #13
BLM - Arizona State Office
222 N. Central Ave.
BLM - California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1834
BLM - Colorado State Office
2850 Youngfield St.
BLM - Eastern States Office (includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
7450 Boston Blvd.
BLM - Idaho State Office
1387 S. Vinnell Way
BLM - Montana State Office (including Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota)
5001 Southgate Dr.
BLM - Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd.
BLM - New Mexico St ate Office (including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas)
1474 Rodeo Rd.
BLM - Oregon State Office (including Washington state)
333 SW First Ave.
BLM - Utah St ate Office
324 S. State St., Ste. 301
BLM - Wyoming (including Nebraska)
5353 Yellowstone Rd.
For the BLM booklet, Can I Get Free Land from BLM?, send a $2.00 check or money order payable to "Superintendent of Documents" to the following address:
Federal Citizen Information Center
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