Personal Property Tax & City Decals

Personal Property Tax


All cities and counties in Virginia have a personal property tax. Vehicles not registered with Virginia State Department of Motor Vehicles or City of Colonial Heights are also subject to tax if the vehicle is normally garaged, stored, or parked in the City of Colonial Heights, with the exception of those exempted by law.

Virginia personal property tax is assessed by the Colonial Heights Commissioner of the Revenue. Any questions regarding the assessment of the tax bills are transferred to the Commissioner's office.

Taxpayers will receive a yearly listing of all property owned according to City records in late December/early January with any corrections required to be filed by January 31 of each year. This filing will be the basis of personal property and City decal billings. New residences need to register vehicles with the Commissioner of the Revenue upon moving into the City.

Personal Property taxes are due on June 5 and December 5 of every year. If not paid by the due date, a penalty of 10% is added which is required by the Virginia State Code. The Billing & Collections Office is also required by the Code to collect interest at an annual rate of at least 10% until payment is made.

City Decals


Most cities and counties of Virginia require a city decal to be displayed on the front windshield of each vehicle next to the State inspection sticker. The City of Colonial Heights utilizes a vehicle decal that does not expire unless the yearly fee is not paid. All personal property taxes must be paid before a decal is issued for any vehicles registered to that owner. Yearly fees are included on the first installment of the taxpayers Personal Property bill.

Colonial Heights Police will ticket all vehicles garaged, stored, or parked in the City of Colonial Heights which do not display a valid Colonial Heights decal. A Colonial Heights decal is required to be displayed by June 5 of every year.

The price of decals is determined by the gross weight of vehicles.

Gross Weight Price
4,000 AND UNDER $33.00
4,001 - 6,500 $38.00
6,501 - 10,000 $39.00
10,001 - 10,499 $41.00
10,500 - 11,000 $43.00
11,001 - 11,499 $45.00
11,500 - 12,000 $48.00
12,001 AND UP $50.00
ALL BOAT TRAILERS $ 8.00
OTHER TRAILERS 1,501 - 4,000 $18.50
OTHER TRAILERS 4,001 AND UP $23.00
MOTORCYCLES $18.00

If you are a new resident, the City of Colonial Heights will honor a valid decal displayed from another locality.