PIM (Project information memorandum)

A PIM is a project information memorandum which gives certain information about your building work.

What is a PIM?

A project information memorandum (PIM) is a memorandum issued by us under sections 32-35 of the Building Act 2004 which sets out information relevant to your building work.

This is information on special land features, including potential:

  • erosion
  • avulsion (removal of land by water action)
  • falling debris
  • subsidence
  • slippage
  • alluvium (the deposit of silt from flooding)
  • the presence of hazardous contaminants which are known to Council which are likely to be relevant to the design, construction or alteration of your proposed building
  • details of stormwater or wastewater utility systems which relate to your proposed building work, or are adjacent to your building site.

A PIM also identifies any additional approvals required such as under the:

  • Resource Management Act
  • Heritage New Zealand (heritage buildings/sites)
  • Fire & Emergency New Zealand.

The memorandum also includes 

(1) confirmation, subject to other provisions of the Building Act that you may carry out the building work subject to:

  • the requirements of the building consent, and
  • all other necessary authorisations being obtained.

(2) copies of other information that may have some design impact on your proposed building work such as:

  • Drainage plans;
  • Water supply plans;
  • Other utility plans; and/or
  • Any other information that Council holds that is relevant to your project.

Important:  A PIM does not give any form of approval under the District Plan or Building Act.  Contact us or your own planning adviser to determine that your proposal complies with the District Plan.  If it does not, and resource consent is required, you are strongly advised to obtain this before seeking a building consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.


No, PIM’s are voluntary. They may be applied for separately or in combination with your building consent.

All applications must be accompanied by three copies of the following documents:

  • a site plan
  • floor plan
  • building elevations
  • site access, and
  • drainage plan.

We'll issue your PIM in 20 working days of receiving your application. In most cases, we gather PIM information in order to process your building consent. 

Providing all fees are paid, the PIM will be sent to you when it is issued. 

If the PIM is applied for with the building consent, the timeframe for issue of both is 20 working days.

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