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State Surplus Property

The Department of General Services State Surplus Property Program offers state-owned office furniture, equipment, and supplies for sale to the general public through our distribution center in Harrisburg, special sales held periodically throughout the state or online auctions.  We also offer private online sales for municipalities to purchase heavy equipment, and also manage the Commonwealth's recycling program

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Purchasing State Surplus Property
State surplus property is made available to the public through an online auction. Rules outlining restrictions are below.
  • Employees of the Department of General Services' Bureau of Supplies and Surplus may not purchase property.  
  • Property Control Officer(s) and their supervisor(s) of the Commonwealth agency which declares the property "surplus" may not purchase the property.
  • State employees may not purchase any item with a price greater than $500.
  • State employees are also subject to any specific guidelines of their respective agencies in regard to purchases of items with a price of $500 or less.
  • Employees should check agency policy on purchasing of state property to identify any additional restrictions.

Online Auctions

​All items are sold at various locations throughout the state or through an online auction. Online auctions are managed by GovPlanet.com/PA and GovDeals.com (these links direct you to Pennsylvania's auction items).

Heavy Equipment Auctions
Used heavy equipment, off-road equipment, and dump trucks are offered for sale when they are no longer being used by the Commonwealth. These items are first offered to municipalities, then to the general public. View heavy equipment sale dates.

Heavy Equipment Auction Websites
Municipalities: Govplanet.com/muni
Public Auction: Govplanet.com/penndot
Bridge Marketing

​When a Pennsylvania historical bridge is scheduled for replacement due to the width or load restrictions, the Commonwealth seeks to identify adaptive re-uses for the bridge. Bridges may be offered for sale to other state agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and/or the general public. 

In the past, historic bridges have been moved and restored as part of state park improvements, Rails to Trails projects, or placed on university campuses. Learn more about the Commonwealth's Bridge Marketing program and see what bridges are currently available for sale. 

Commonwealth Employee Info on State Surplus Property

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Purchasing State Surplus Property
When state surplus property is made available for sale to the public through auction, the internet or Department of General Services’ warehouse, the following prohibitions and limitations apply:
  • Employees of the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Supplies and Surplus may not purchase the property.
  • Property Control Officer(s) and their supervisor(s) of the Commonwealth agency which declares the property “surplus” may not purchase the property.
  • State employees may not purchase any item with a price greater than $500.
  • State employees are also subject to any specific guidelines of their respective agencies in regard to purchases of items with a price of $500 or less.
  • Employees should check agency policy on purchasing of state property to identify any additional restriction.


Vehicle Auctions Open to the Public

Commonwealth vehicle sales are handled through the Bureau of Vehicle Management.

State Surplus Property Alerts + Updates
We send out periodic updates on items that have been recently surplused by other agencies. If you would like to subscribe to the email distribution to receive notices, please click here and fill out the form.