Virginia Bill Threatens Increased Taxes on Vehicle Restoration Projects

Legislation (H.B. 878) has been introduced in the Virginia State Legislature by Delegate Mark D. Sickles ( that threatens to provide localities with the authority to raise from $100 to $500 the amount they may charge for an annual license tax for vehicles that do not display current license plates and are not exempted from this requirement.   Among the exempted vehicles are parts cars that are stored on private property for fewer than 60 days.  However, we believe that this bill represents an opportunity for localities to sidestep local zoning laws that were designed to protect vehicles being restored on private property and incentivizes collection of a substantial tax on owners of restoration projects.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Virginia House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 878

  • H.B. 878 unfairly targets owners of vehicles in the process of long-term restoration as revenue boosters to compensate for state budget shortfalls.
  • H.B. 878 ignores the fact that many vehicles in the process of restoration are owned and maintained by low and fixed income Americans who are less able to afford a higher, annual fee for projects that may take more than 2 months to complete.
  • H.B. 878 dilutes a Virginia law that limits the ability of localities to implement restrictive ordinances preventing automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby.  Under the law, at least two inoperable vehicles (or more, if a locality permits) being actively repaired or restored on private property are exempted from any local ordinance if shielded or screened from public view. 
  • H.B. 878 allows for an ongoing tax with no basis in the actual value of your vehicle, creating an alternative to the personal property tax from which antique vehicles are currently exempted. 

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns immediately by e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 878.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Thank you for your assistance.

Virginia House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

Delegate Riley E. Ingram (Chair)
Phone: (804) 698-1062

Delegate Robert G. Marshall
Phone: (804) 698-1013

Delegate Daniel W. Marshall III
Phone: (804) 698-1014

Delegate Salvatore R. Iaquinto
Phone: (804) 698-1084

Delegate Anne B. Crockett-Stark
Phone: (804) 698-1006

Delegate Charles D. Poindexter  
Phone: (804) 698-1009

Delegate Donald W. Merricks
Phone: (804) 698-1016

Delegate Barry D. Knight
Phone :(804) 698-1081

Delegate James W. Morefield  
Phone: (804) 698-1003

Delegate James E. Edmunds, II
Phone: (804) 698-1060

Delegate Christopher P. Stolle  
Phone: (804) 698-1083

Delegate James M. LeMunyon  
Phone: (804) 698-1067

Delegate Tony O. Wilt
Phone: (804) 698-1026

Delegate Rick L. Morris
Phone: (804) 698-1064

Delegate M. Keith Hodges 
Phone: (804) 698-1098

Delegate Lionell Spruill, Sr.  
Phone: (804) 698-1077

Delegate Onzlee Ware  
Phone: (804) 698-1011

Delegate Delores L. McQuinn  
Phone: (804) 698-1070

Delegate Algie T. Howell, Jr.  
Phone: (804) 698-1090

Delegate Scott A. Surovell  
Phone: (804) 698-1044

Delegate Kaye Kory  
Phone: (804) 698-1038

Delegate Luke E. Torian  
Phone: (804) 698-1052