• The Ministry of Public Works is advising that effective August 6, 2018, Blackwatch Pass will be closed to traffic so that construction works can be conducted. The closure will be for an extended period of time. While Blackwatch Pass is closed the public is encouraged to seek alternative routes to avoid delays.


  • The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs is advising that beginning Friday, August 10 the Central Bus Terminal ticket kiosk in Hamilton will operate on an amended schedule. Read more

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 and amenities.

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