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Surplus property available to general public

How to acquire the State’s surplus property

State Surplus Property Office (SSPO)


Surplus Property Officer (617) 720-3170

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General Public

The Operational Services Division’s State Surplus Property Office offers the general public opportunities to bid for surplus property, through live and online public auctions.




How to buy

Full payment must be made at the conclusion of the auction and must be made by cash, money order or bank check with two forms of identification, one of which must be a valid driver’s license.

Next steps

  1. Public, On-Site Vehicle and Related Equipment Auctions

    A complete vehicle list with sale terms and conditions is made available at the auction location. Most auctions are held on a Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Public viewing is scheduled for the day before the auction, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on the day of the auction from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Auction information also is available on the OSD Auction Hotline at 617-720-3199. Additionally, auctions are advertised in The Boston Globe’s classified section under Auctions in the Sunday and Thursday editions preceding the auction date. All ads specify auction location, date, time, and general list of the items being sold.

    Overseen and managed by OSD, all public auctions of surplus property are conducted by a professional auctioneer licensed by the Commonwealth's Division of Standards.

    • Offerings are sold "as-is, where-is"

    • Payment must be made by cash, bank check, money order, or credit card.

    • Two means of identification are required, one of which must be a valid driver's license

    • Full payment must be made by the end of the auction

    Auctions are scheduled several times throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Due to inclement weather conditions, auctions are not conducted during the winter months.

  2. Online Auctions

    On occasion, vehicles and other surplus property, such as medical, computer, and office equipment may be listed for sale on public auction sites.


One Ashburton Place, Room 1017, Boston, MA 02108
Surplus Property Officer (617) 720-3170


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