Project Information Memorandum (PIM)
A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a document issued by the Territorial Authority (Council). It assists in establishing the feasibility of a specific project on a piece of land and is useful for clarifying at an early design stage what will be involved in a project. It should not be confused with a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) which has a different use and purpose.
Applying for a PIM is voluntary. However, it is advisable to obtain a PIM at the early stages of the building project. This gives the designers or developers any valuable information about potential areas of concern before proceeding to full design and applying for a Building Consent. This can avoid time and money spent on costly re-design.
What Information is included in a PIM?
A PIM provides information that must be taken into account for the proposed project and the land on which it is to be built, including information on special features such as:
- Avulsion (removal of land by water action)
- Falling debris
- Alluvium (the deposit of silt from flooding)
- Wind zones
- The presence of hazardous contaminants which are known to Council and may be relevant to the design, construction or alteration of your proposed building project
- Details of water, stormwater or wastewater utility systems which relate to your proposed building work or to your building site
It also identifies any additional approvals required such as:
- Resource Management Act requirements
- Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (heritage buildings/sites)
- New Zealand Fire Service Commission
A PIM confirms that you may carry out the building work on the land subject to:
- The requirements of the Building Consent and Building Act; and
- Any other necessary authorisations being obtained such as a Resource Consent.
How do I apply for a PIM?
An application for a PIM can be made through your local Council using the Building Consent Application form. Please ensure the following when making your application.
- The application form and the applicant’s checklist for a PIM are both completed in full. These are available from this website or your local council.
- You have provided all the information needed to process your application.
- The PIM fee has been paid. Refer to the fees & charges.
How long does it take?
Council is required to issue the PIM within 20 working days of the application being received. If further information is required this period is suspended until the required information has been received.
How much does it cost?
What do I do with my received PIM?
A copy of the PIM should be given to your designer so that they can use this information to ensure that the building design is appropriate for the land on which you intend to build.
Please note: A PIM does not give any form of approval of the District Plan or Building Act, or authorisation to commence work. You should contact the Council Planner to determine that your proposal complies with the District Plan. If it does not, a Resource Consent is required; you are strongly advised to obtain this before seeking Building Consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.
- For further information about PIM’s please contact the Building Unit of your local Council.
- Building Act 2004, sections 31 – 39 Project Information Memorandum
- Applications for PIMs (MBIE Guidance)