Property Disposition

Property Disposition is responsible for the disposal of all university property designated as surplus by U-M units, per SPG 520.01 on Acquisition, Use and Disposition of Property. When property is no longer needed, units declare it as surplus. Property Disposition will dispose of the property based on a determination of its highest and best use, then return 90 percent of any proceeds to the unit. Examples include computers, equipment, and furniture. Our mission is to sell, recycle, or dispose of surplus equipment to the best advantage of the University of Michigan.


Sending surplus to Property Disposition

To declare surplus, download a Declaration of Surplus Form (DOS) and review the Directions for completing a Declaration of Surplus Form. A completed and signed DOS is required for units declaring items as surplus, whether sending items to the Property Disposition warehouse or using another disposal method. Please submit the information with the Excel DOS Form.

Email your signed DOS form to Property Disposition ( to schedule a pick up date. Property Disposition will put in a work order on your behalf and send the movers on the given date to pick up your surplus items. If your unit wishes to bring the items, you will still need to schedule a date first.

Surplus pickup is availabe for the Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, and Michigan Medicine campuses.

NOTE: Hospital buildings, including University Hospital, CW Mott, Taubman Center, Med Inn, Towsley, Cancer Center (floors B2, B1, 1 and parts of 2), Medical Professional Building and Cardiovascular Center should make arrangements with Hospital Maintenance (936-5054) and also email the signed DOS form to

Contact Us

Property Disposition

Phone: (734) 764-2470
Fax: (734) 763-2006


3241 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2155


US-23 to Plymouth Road (exit 41), head west
Turn left (south) on Green Road
Turn right (west) on Baxter Road to warehouse address at 3241 Baxter Road


Two methods are available for unital shopping: Dispo Direct—our online store—for shortcode purchases, and a sealed bid process:

Dispo Direct Online Store

Our website is You can create an account using the University Login option.

Once you create your account, you will be given the option to pay with your shortcode at check out (you must be logged in in order to use your shortcode).

Dispo Direct Online Store

Sealed Bid

Sealed bids are typically posted after 4 pm every other Thursday.

Prior to the bid ending the following Monday at midnight, please send an email to and let us know what specific bid lot(s) your unit is interested in.

Departments have the first right of refusal on any items listed on the bid. This means that your unit can buy the item for $1 over the highest bid we receive. You can either accept the price or we will award it to the highest bidder.

  1. We will notify you on Wednesday morning and ask you to reply by 1 p.m. the same day.
  2. We will just need confirmation that you agree to the price(s) and what shortcode you would like to use for the purchase.
  3. We will then work with you to schedule a curbside pickup of your items or delivery if your unit is interested.

This policy is honored on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Can a U-M PCard be used for purchases?

No. Only a shortcode can be used for unital purchases.

What is the process if I want to purchase surplus property for personal use from my unit?

You’ll need to fill out a Declaration of Surplus form and email it to Property Disposition. The form must be signed by someone other than the purchaser. Property Disposition will price the item(s) and email you back with the estimated value(s). We will send a PayPal link for the appraised amount plus six percent (6%) state of Michigan sales tax. You’ll then get a receipt you can show to your unit supervisor before taking the item(s) home.

Will Property Disposition take my personal property?

No. Property Disposition is only able to accept surplus property from U-M units.

Can the university donate surplus items?

No. The university is required to dispose or recycle all surplus items. Items that remain U-M property can be transferred between units.