• The Department of Public transportation has advised that the DPT Kiosk at Central Terminal in Hamilton will be closed all day on Sunday, February 25th due to construction work being carried out on the building. 


  • The Ministry of Health is seeking your views on the proposed Sugar Tax and changes to the Mental Health Act. You will find the consultation documents and online feedback forms here.

Residential ancillary areas and amenities

It is not just the size of the living accommodation of a property that goes into the makeup of its Annual Rental Value (ARV). Other property characteristics are also taken into account, which include things such as 


Ancillary areas are those parts of a residential property which are not living accommodation, but do add some value i.e. parts of the house which do not form part of the main dwelling directly.

To illustrate this point, below is a list of all types of ancillary areas which are taken into account by the department in the calculation of a residential ARV: 

  • Boat House
  • Boat Stores
  • Basement Stores
  • Balconies
  • Covered Patios
  • Car Ports
  • Changing rooms
  • Conservatories
  • Covered Verandahs
  • Enclosed Patio
  • External Stores
  • External Laundry
  • Gate House
  • Garage
  • Office (domestic)
  • Pool House
  • Patios
  • Playroom
  • Porches
  • Refrigerated Storage
  • Slat House
  • Sun Porch
  • Shop (domestic)
  • Stable Tennis Pavilion

Amenities are those facilities which enhance the value of a property that are not reflected in the living accommodation or ancillary areas.

Below is a list of all the amenities which are taken into account by the department in the calculation of a residential ARV: 

  • Private Beach
  • Beach Adjacent
  • Dock
  • Jetty
  • Swimming Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Swimming Pool
  • Boat Slip
  • Squash Court
  • Tennis Court

The following do not affect the annual rental value of your property:

  • Chimneys

  • Driveways

  • Fish ponds

  • Garden areas

  • Internal configuration or furniture

  • Number of bedrooms or bathrooms

  • Pathways or walkways

  • Utility or mechanical rooms