UPDATED MAY 21, 2020:

Personal Property Tax

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The Williamsburg mailing address encompasses three localities: the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County. You may need to check the city street listing to see if your residence is/will be located within the city limits.

Residents on “Parking by Permit Only” streets may be eligible to purchase a parking permit through the Finance Department. Call (757) 220-1680 for more information.


Virginia state code § Section 58.1-3503 defines personal property as:

  • Aircraft
  • Automobiles
  • Boats
  • Manufactured homes
  • Motorcycles
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Trailers
  • Trucks

All personal property normally garaged in the city is subject to personal property taxes. Vehicles classified as an antique or vintage with permanent license plates issued as specified in Virginia State Code Section §46.2-730 are not subject to taxation.

  • General rate is $3.50 per $100 of NADA average loan value or a percentage of cost
  • Taxes are assessed on personal property as of January 1st of each year
  • Tax bills are due on or before December 1st of each year

What if I move out of the City of Williamsburg or don’t have my vehicle anymore?

Notify both the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Commissioner of the Revenue's office immediately if you move or your vehicle has been sold, stolen, donated, or totaled. Virginia DMV requires notification within 30 days of a change of address or selling, trading, or junking a vehicle by completing the back portion of the vehicle registration form. Once DMV has been notified, you are required to notify the Commissioner of the Revenue. You may notify the Commissioner of Revenue's office by filling out the Personal Property Notice of Change. The City of Williamsburg does not prorate personal property tax. You will be responsible for the tax bill for the remainder of the year.


Personal property tax bills are due on or before December 1st of each year. The tax on the first $20,000 of value of your certified personal qualifying vehicle (car, motorcycle, pickup or panel truck under 7501 pounds) is reduced by a percentage determined annually by City Council. This tax relief represents your portion of an annual block grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia. For qualifying vehicles valued at $1,000 or less, the obligation to pay this tax has been eliminated.


Specially equipped motor vehicles used to provide transportation for handicapped individuals licensed with handicapped plates are exempted from personal property taxes. Documentation identifying the vehicle and the type of special equipment that has been installed must accompany the application. 

Disabled veterans -  At the August 9, 2018 City Council meeting, Ordinance #18-06 was proposed to Article II of Chapter 18 of the Williamsburg code in order to add a new section 18-30 to exempt one motor vehicle owned and used by any disabled veteran of the United States Armed Forces from personal property taxation. 

To qualify for this relief, you must meet the following definition of “disabled veteran” - any veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has either lost, or lost the use of, one or both legs, arms or hands, or who is blind, or who is permanently and totally disabled as certified by the Department of Veterans' Services.

If you believe you may qualify for the Disabled Veteran personal property tax relief, please contact our office before remitting payment of your bill.

In order to provide this relief, you will need to provide a written statement from the Department of Veterans' Services indicating that you have been designated or classified as “disabled veteran” per the definition above and that your disability is service connected.

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