1. There are approximately currently 36,200 valuation units in Bermuda.
2. These valuation units are broken down into approximately:
3. Pembroke has the highest number of residential units (5,400), equating to 17% of the residential stock. Whereas, the City of Hamilton has the largest number of commercial units(1,552), comprising 42% of the commercial assessments.
4. The number of valuation units contained within the Valuation List is changing on a daily basis with valuation units being newly constructed, demolished, merged or split.
5. In 2018, the Department inspected 799 properties and served a total of 957 proposals to amend the 2015 Valuation List for alterations to properties, such as demolitions, mergers, new builds etc.
6. In 2018, approximately 57% of the triggers for property inspections were proactive cases raised by the Department, with 31% the result of Certificates of Completion and Occupancy issued by the Planning Department. The remaining 12% came from members of the public requesting an inspection due to property alterations.
7. The 2015 Valuation List came into effect on 1st January, 2016 and Government raises over $78.3 million per annum in land tax revenue from billing on the assessed Annual Rental Values (ARVs) appearing in the Valuation List.
8. Land tax represents 7.2% of Government’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2018/19.
9. The total combined ARVs in the 2015 Valuation List are approximately $1.3 billion.
10. The Valuation List is also used by a number of Government Departments to fulfill their mandates including, but not limited to:
- The Immigration Department for determining if a property is available for sale to a restricted person.
- The Rent Commissioner for determining if a property is subject to rent control.
- The Transport Control Department to ensure that only one car can be registered per household.
- The Parliamentary Registrar registers voters using the Valuation List as an address database.
- The Statistics Department uses the Valuation List as an address database to carry out census work and other surveys.
- The Department of Education, as an assessment number is required for school registration.
11. The Department has maintained a website (www.landvaluation.bm) since 1999 which provides electronic access to the Valuation List 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
12. The website has become an invaluable tool for local property professionals and the public alike, with visitors from as far away as India, Belgium, France and Hong Kong. The online search facility alone saw 90,898 visitors in 2018, of which 26.1% were first time visitors, and boasted an uptime (availability) of 99.75%.
13. The Department also provides an appraisal service to other Government Departments, such as the Office of the Tax Commissioner, the Registrar of the Supreme Court, the Immigration Department, the Estates Section and others.
14. In 2018, the Department provided approximately 300 appraisals in respect of voluntary conveyances, first time homeowner purchases, probate and insolvencies.
15. The Department in 2018 also reviewed over 550 Notices of Transfer in relation to property transactions and over 60 properties for purchase by restricted persons.