If you're looking to buy a house - or are involved in property development - you'll likely come across the term LIM. Here's all the details you need to know about what it is and how to get one.

What is a LIM?

A LIM - or Land Information Memorandum - is a collation of information from Council’s records on matters affecting a specific property such as a history of building work, where pipes are, water supply, rates and a lot more.

How to apply for a LIM

You can apply for a LIM about a specific property to find out what information the Council records holds about it.

How long does it take?

It takes up to 10 working days to receive your LIM.

The LIM processing will start

  • Same working day – if the completed application form is received in the Council system AND the correct fee Is cleared in the Council’s bank account before 12 noon
  • Next working day – if either the completed application form or the cleared fees are received AFTER 12 noon.

LIM fees apply from 1 July 2017 and include GST.

Description Fee
Standard Residential Property $343.50
Standard Non-Residential Property $464.50
Urgent Residential Property $407.00
Transfer of fee to another LIM application $407.00
Additional time per hour (after two hours of compilation of LIM application) $143.50

You can pay for a LIM 

  • online by internet banking.
  • in person at our Customer Services Centre, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua by cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

No credit card option is available.

You can collect your LIM report from Council Administration Building during Council business hours OR 

We will email your LIM report to you and post a hard copy. 

We do not recommend post as your only option to receive your LIM report as NZ Post delivery days are variable. If you cannot receive emails – we highly recommend you collect your LIM report.

If you need to cancel a LIM, you can:

  • Phone us on (04) 237 5089
  • Email with the following details: 
    Subject: Request to Cancel / Transfer LIM 
    Name of applicant 
    LIM number if known 
    Property Address 
    Bank account details for refund: Account Holder name, and bank account number. 
  • You can visit our Customer Services Centre, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua and complete a Cancel a LIM Form.


  • Your LIM application fee will not be refunded once processing has commenced unless a cancellation request is received within 24 hours of the processing start time.  In this case you are entitled to a 50% fee refund, or you can request to transfer the fee to another LIM application by paying an additional LIM transfer fee of $103.  You have three working days to advise us of the new LIM address.  If the 3 working days lapse, you will be refunded 50% of the paid application fee only.

The following information should be in a LIM Report.

Information identifying each (if any) special feature or characteristic of the land concerned, including but not limited to:

  • Potential Erosion - which means potential for the wearing away of rocks and other deposits on the earth’s surface by the action of water, ice, wind. 
  • Avulsion – which means the sudden movement of soil from one property to another as a result of flood resulting in a shift in the course of property boundary stream. 
  • Falling debris – which means a relatively free downward or forward falling of unconsolidated or poorly consolidated earth or rocky debris from a cliff, cave, or arch. 
  • Subsidence – which means gradual sinking of landforms to a lower level as a result of the earth movements, mining operations. 
  • Slippage – which means the amount of slippage or the extent to which slipping occurs. 
  • Alluvion or inundation – which means overflow or flood – to cover with water especially flood waters. 
  • Earthworks associated with a subdivision. 
  • Likely presence of hazardous contaminants. 

Also you may find information on:-

  • Sewage Disposal 
  • Water Supply 
  • Water Toby Location 
  • Drinking Water Supplier 
  • Building Information 
  • Resource Consents 
  • Zoning 
  • Designation 
  • Land or Building Classification 
  • Rates 
  • Reserve Land 
  • Heritage Site 
  • Computer Freehold Register (Certificate of Title) OR (CFR) (CT) 

The LIM report 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 Council's 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. 

Recommended pages:

You can view Council property records at our office.