Department of Purchasing and Supply Management


Fairfax County Surplus Property

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As a large local government, Fairfax County Government generates a wide variety of surplus equipment.  The Department of Purchasing and Supply Management (DPSM) ensures responsible disposal of this equipment. 

What is responsible disposal?  We think it is a balance of

  • donating to charities who further our mission
  • selling our surplus equipment using online, live and sealed bid auctions
  • trading in equipment back to our contracted vendors, including ‘producer responsibility’ or take-back clauses in new contracts to enhance recycling options
  • dealing with waste intelligently by recycling e-waste, toner cartridges, scrap metal, used tires and spent oil 

Through this “toolbox” of options, we positively impact our environment by reducing waste and improve the County’s bottom line by cutting disposal costs and increasing revenue. 

See below for the three ways you can purchase surplus items from Fairfax County.



Direct Online Auctions From Fairfax County to You

County contractor, hosts our direct auction site.  You will find everything from heavy machinery and vehicles to office supplies posted on the website.  Click the appropriate link below to view current auctions.  Instructions on how to participate are posted on the website and registration is free.  Please refer to the sales Terms and Conditions before bidding on County surplus. In general, we require the winner to pay within 5 business days and pickup within an additional 5 business days.  All sales are final and are made on an “as is, where is” basis.  No refunds. No returns. 

Fairfax County Auctions

Fairfax County Public School Auctions

DC Area Local Government Auctions


Consignment Auctions for Equipment

Consignment is when a company picks up Fairfax County’s equipment, stores it, and then sells it on our behalf.  General surplus items as well as Police seized/confiscated equipment are availalbe through consignment sales.  County contractor, performs these services for Fairfax County.   Auctions are held exclusively online.  Visit for information on how to participate.


Consignment Auctions for Vehicles

Most fleet vehicles are sent for consignment sale whereas specialized vehicles are usually sold using our direct auction site noted above.  The vendor handling consignment vehicle sales for Fairfax County is Copart, a subcontractor of  Vehicles are sold at Copart's Waldorf facility, located at 11055 Billingsley Road, Waldorf, Maryland.  They can be reached at 301-870-7844.  Copart uses a combination of online auctions and live auctions for every vehicle sold – making it convenient to Fairfax County citizens as well as those outside the region.  Visit for information on how to participate.


DPSM maintains a ‘toolbox’ of contracted options.  For more information about these contracts and how we operate, contact Chris McGough, program administrator at 703-324-3288 or DPSM Surplus

Surplus Property FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)



Public Notifications of Items to Sell or Dispose:

 In accordance with County Code, Section 2-2-3; perishable or bulky property seized by the police; disposition, the items described in the link above will be sold by public auction if their rightful owners do not claim them.

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