Project Information Memorandum (PIM)

For information on Project Information Memorandum, see below

A PIM provides information about the special features (e.g. natural hazards) of the land on which building work is proposed and any other land likely to affect or be affected by the proposed building work. It also provides information that is relevant to the proposed building work. Information may include:


  1. the heritage status of the building
  2. details on any existing stormwater or wastewater utility systems
  3. applicable legislative requirements (e.g., resource consent is required for the proposed building work.)

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:

  • Erosion
  • Avulsion (removal of land by water action)
  • Falling debris
  • Subsidence
  • Slippage
  • 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 that relate to your proposed building work or your building site

It also identifies any additional approvals required, such as:

  • Resource Management Act requirements
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (heritage buildings/sites)
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand

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.

Council is required to issue the PIM within 20 working days of a complete application being received. If further information is needed, this period is suspended until the required information has been received.

The owner(s) or an authorized agent of the owners can apply to the relevant council (i.e., territorial authority) for a PIM when the owners consider carrying out building work where a building consent is required.

Although it is not mandatory to apply for a PIM, it is highly recommended to obtain a PIM early on in the design phase and well in advance of applying for building consent.

This is especially important for significant projects such as a building project for constructing a new house and for projects where there is a reasonable amount of uncertainty.

Applying for a PIM is the same application as applying for a building consent. Please see how your local council accept applications here. If your council uses AlphaOne please use the relevant application form in the AlphaOne system.

For information on submitting an application, please see the information under the headings ‘Waikato Building Consent Group Councils’ ‘and ‘Steps for Paper or Email submissions’ here.

For council fees for the PIM application, please see the fees schedule on the relevant council website. Links to these can be found here under fees.

For more information about PIM, please see the following links.

  • MBIE information is here
  • Waikato District Council information is here

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 authorization to commence work. You should contact the Council Planner to determine that your proposal complies with the District Plan. If it does not, Resource Consent is required; you are strongly advised to obtain this before seeking Building Consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.

Further Information

  • For further information about PIM’s, please get in touch with the Building Unit of your local Council.
  • Building Act 2004, sections 31 – 39 Project Information Memorandum
  • Applications for PIMs (MBIE Guidance)