Land Information Memorandum (LIM)
This page provides information on when a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is commonly applied for, what is provided in a LIM and the process to apply for a LIM.
What is a LIM
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is provided pursuant to Section 44A of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. It is a report prepared by a Territorial Authority (in this case Porirua City Council) in relation to matters affecting land and building on a particular property.
If you are considering purchasing or selling a house, a LIM would provide information held on Council records pertaining to the property.
The LIM will tell you the following (as available in each case):
- information identifying each (if any) special feature or characteristic of the land concerned, including but not limited to potential erosion, avulsion, falling debris, subsidence, slippage, alluvion, or inundation, or likely presence of hazardous contaminants, being a feature or characteristic that—
- information on private and public stormwater and sewerage drains as shown in Council's records;
- any information that has been notified to the territorial authority by a drinking-water supplier under section 69ZH of the Health Act 1956;
- information on (i) whether the land is supplied with drinking water and if so, whether the supplier is the owner of the land or a networked supplier: (ii) if the land is supplied with drinking water by a networked supplier, any conditions that are applicable to that supply: (iii) if the land is supplied with water by the owner of the land, any information the territorial authority has about the supply;
- information relating to any rates owing in relation to the land;
- information concerning any consent, certificate, notice, order, or requisition affecting the land or any building on the land previously issued by the territorial authority (whether under the Building Act 1991, the Building Act 2004, or any other Act);
- information concerning any certificate issued by a building certifier pursuant to the Building Act 1991 or the Building Act 2004;
- information notified to the territorial authority under section 124 of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006;
- information relating to the use to which that land may be put and conditions attached to that use;
- information which, in terms of any other Act, has been notified to the territorial authority by any statutory organisation having the power to classify land or buildings for any purpose;
- any information which has been notified to the territorial authority by any network utility operator pursuant to the Building Act 1991 or the Building Act 2004.
In addition to the above, a territorial authority may provide in the memorandum such other information concerning the land as the authority considers, at its discretion, to be relevant and may incur additional charges.
The LIM will not tell you
- About building restrictions applying to the site. If you are intending to buy a property for redevelopment, it is suggested you check your proposal against the rules of the District Plan or contact Councils Resource Consent Team for further assistance.
- Council's District Plan can be viewed on the District Plan page.
- A LIM does not include any site inspections.
- All LIMs are prepared in good faith and will return information that the council has on its records as at the date of processing.
- Porirua City Council accepts no liability for any errors or omissions in its records nor will it accept liability for any costs, damages or expenses incurred in consequence of any error, omission or reliance on the information as (a) some information provided in the LIM are submitted to Council by third parties and may not be independently verified; (b) previous owners may have carried out illegal work without notification or reference to Council.
- Porirua City Council advises applicants to personally verifying the accuracy and completeness of the information provided and or seek appropriate independent advice relating to the information contained in the LIM.
- This LIM may not provide information contained in the files and records of Wellington Regional Council. Such information, if required, should be requested via Wellington Regional Council.
- Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information held on its files as previous owners may have carried out work without reference to Council.
What you need to apply for a LIM
To apply for a LIM, you must provide in full:-
- A completed prescribed PCC LIM Application form.
(It is the Applicant's responsibility to ensure all details on the submitted application form are correct including the Lot and DP numbers of the property being applied for).
- and correct LIM Application fee.
How do you submit a LIM application
You can submit your LIM application:
- Via Council’s Front Services Counter (including payment) 16 Cobham Court, Porirua
- By Fax 04-2371439 and payment via Customer Services Counter or Internet banking*
- Via email to LIM@pcc.govt.nz payment via Customer Services Counter or Internet banking*
When does the LIM processing time start?
The start date and time of a LIM Application will commence when the full applicable LIM Application Fee is received in Council with the completed LIM Application form.
For example if you send your LIM Application in today and your internet payment arrives in Council tomorrow, then the start day of processing of your LIM Application is tomorrow not today.
A LIM takes up to 10 full working days to process.
An Urgent LIM* is fast tracked and takes 3 full working days for residential and 5 full working days for Commercial LIM applications to process.
*Council has the right to change an Urgent LIM timeframe to 10 full working days if Council deems the LIM request requires the full 10 working days to fully complete the LIM request. Council will refund the Urgent LIM Fee portion accordingly.
Working day definition under LGOIMA 1987
Working day means any day of the week other than—
(a) Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Labour Day, the Sovereign’s birthday, and Waitangi Day; and
(b) a day in the period commencing with 25 December in any year and ending with 15 January in the following year.
What will a LIM cost?
LIM fees and conditions can be found on our LIM Application Fees page.
Property boundaries shown on any LIM document are a guide only. You will need to find your property boundary pegs or employ a surveyor to set the boundaries for you.
Links to more LIM information
Porirua City Council links: