This page contains information about how to obtain a Project Information Memoranda (PIM) or Land Information Memoranda (LIM).
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Project Information Memorandum (PIM)
A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) provides information to guide the preparation of plans and specifications when applying for a building consent.
It contains information we know about a property that may affect a proposed building project, such as:
- the need for an approved evacuation plan
- potential erosion, slippage or flooding
- the presence of any hazardous contaminants
- details of stormwater and sewerage systems.
- any development contributions payable
- other relevant authorisations or consents (resource consents and bylaw approvals).
We have 20 working days to issue a PIM following receipt of the the application, if it is made separately. Where the application is made at the same time as the application for building consent, the two processing times run concurrently.
Applying for a PIM
Obtaining a PIM is optional and our advice about the options is as follows:
Apply for a PIM during the planning stages of your building project. This ensures you have all the information that may affect the project.
Apply for a PIM at the same time as the building consent. However, this may mean a delay to your project if the PIM identifies issues with the site.
Do not apply for a PIM at all. If you use this option you will need to have undertaken sufficient research of the site to allow your plans to respond to any natural hazards that may be present and also comply with the District Plan.
When you submit the building consent application we will do a planning check and advise you in writing if there are any planning matters that you should be aware of. However you will not receive copies of engineering or other reports that we may hold.
Changes to your plans and specifications may result in delays to your application.
A charge will be made for the planning check if a PIM has not been applied for.
For information about our District Plan, follow the link below.
To download an application form, follow the link below. You can save the application form to your computer, then complete it before sending it to us.
PIM Application Form [3.4mb]
PIM Application Guidance Notes [256kb]
We will check your application to ensure it is complete as incomplete applications will not be accepted. If your application is not accepted we will let you know the reasons why.
Land Information Memorandum (LIM)
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a factual report summarising information that we hold on a particular property. This will include:
- approved building and resource consents
- land hazards and utility information if known
- current rates and rating valuation
- District Plan information
- heritage or archaeological items
- other useful information about the property.
Anyone who is considering buying a property is advised to obtain a LIM and check the information against the buildings and structures on the site.
If illegal or unconsented works have taken place on the property without our knowledge these cannot be included in a LIM report.
Please note: The LIM is prepared by researching our records. We do not undertake a site visit.
Applying for a LIM
We have 10 working days to issue a LIM following receipt of the completed application form and payment of the required fee.
To apply for a LIM, select from the links below. You can save the printable version of the application form to your computer, then complete it before sending it to us.
LIM Application form (online version)
LIM Application form[257kb] (printable version)
Fees for LIM's and PIM's
Our schedule of fees and charges contains fees for PIM's and LIM's.
Fees for a PIM are included with building consents and will vary dependent on the size and nature of the project. To view the fee schedule, follow the link below.
Fees and Charges
Certificate of Title requirement
All LIM applications require a copy of the current Certificate of Title (CT) to be supplied by the applicant, showing all the references listed on the CT e.g. covenants/easements.
We can obtain the certificate on behalf of the applicant although there will be a charge made for this service. Please request this from Customer Services when submitting your application.
Where a property is being purchased on an incomplete subdivision, we will refer to the subdivision file for relevant information. By doing this, we will be able to establish the correct property and provide accurate and up to date information in the LIM report.
Please contact any of our Customer Service Centres for help and assistance in applying for a PIM or a LIM report.
Council offices - locations and hours of opening
Property information mapping system
Our Geographical Information System (GIS) is a computerised mapping system which presents property and land information in an easily recognisable and efficient way by using maps.
To enter the GIS site, follow the link below.
Geographical Information System (GIS)