What is a LIM and why get one?
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a report prepared by Council that presents all the information that the Council’s records and database have regarding the property. Getting a LIM can be useful:
- If you are buying a property, a LIM may answer some important questions about the property and any associated buildings (especially if you intend to carry out alterations/additions or subdivide).
- If you are thinking about selling a property, but brought the property without getting a LIM you may not realise if there is an outstanding building consent listed against the property. Don’t lose the sale for lack of a Code Compliance Certificate. It is wise to get a Land Information Memorandum (S44A B. Act 2004) and address any issues well before the property goes on the market.
- If you are selling a property, having a current LIM available, is a way of providing more information about your property to potential buyers.
- A LIM provides you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding Council requirements, matters or issues, and to obtain advice from your solicitor.
- Banks and insurance companies may require a LIM to protect their investment.
Why not just look at the Council’s property file instead of getting a LIM?
Property files only contain building permits and consents which have a CCC. They do not record consents which have never been signed off. This information is stored in the live consent file.
What information is included?
The information you may get from a LIM will vary between Councils. Generally, the LIM will provide more information than a property file, and will include such as:
- Special land features and potential hazards (such as erosion or subsidence)
- District Plan information (such as zoning or heritage listings)
- Consents and CCCs, certificates, notices, orders or requisitions affecting the land or buildings
- Rates information (such as current rating valuation and arrears)
- Water and waste services (such as plans)
What information is NOT included?
- Information in relation to State Highways. Please contact Transport Agency New Zealand.
- Plans for and activities on any Parks and Reserves in the vicinity of the property. Contact the Parks and Gardens Unit of your local Council.
- Network Utilities – electricity and gas and telephone connections. Information may be obtained from the relevant utility companies.
- Non-Notified Resource Consent applications in process on the subject site. (Waikato & Waipa District Councils provide this information on LIMs).
- Any resource consents on adjoining property.
- Any live building consents.
How do I get a LIM?
Complete and submit a LIM Application form available from your local Council. Complete the form and submit it to your council along with the appropriate fee. You will need to provide:
- A completed application form
- Street address
- Legal description e.g. Lot & DP/S
- Current Owner
- A current and Historical Certificate of Title (see application form).
- The Council is required to provide a LIM within 10 working days.
- Only a current LIM is valid for the purposes of a Sale and Purchase Agreement.
- A LIM report does not include a physical inspection of the property. You should always compare the information on the LIM with what is on the property as Council may NOT have been notified of something concerning the property.
- There is no guarantee that the information about a property (especially old information) exists.
- A LIM should not be confused with a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) which has a different use and purpose.
- Also see Earthquake Prone Buildings