LIM or Land Information Memorandum

If you're looking to buy a house, commercial property, 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 a LIM is and how to get one.

What is a LIM?

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

Download the LIM form here

How long does it take?

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

The LIM processing will start as follows:

  • same working day – if the completed application form is received in our system AND the correct fee is cleared in our bank account BEFORE 12 noon
  • next working day – if either the completed application form or the cleared fees are received AFTER 12 noon.

Standard Residential Property $430.00
Standard Non-Residential $582.00
Urgent Residential Property (Note 2) $516.00
Additional time required per hour (After three hours of compilation of LIM application) $180.00
Refund for Residential LIM cancellation within 1 working day $323.00
Refund for Residential LIM cancellation within 2-3 working days $215.00

* All LIMs will be processed within 10 working days.  Applications for an Urgent Residential LIM will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Urgent Residential LIMs take 5 working days.

Apartments, recent subdivisions or commercial properties are not eligible for urgent LIM consideration.

** non-refundable

LIM fees are valid from 1 August 2023 – 30 June 2024

You can pay for a LIM 

  • online via credit card.
    • You will need your Account (or Debtor) and Invoice number. These details are provided on the invoice you will have received from us.

  • in person at our Customer Service Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, by cash or EFTPOS. If you submitted your application online beforehand – you will need to provide the reference number.

  • by internet banking.

Our banking details are

Porirua City Council

Westpac Porirua

03 0547 0240008 01

You MUST provide the following internet banking information:

Particulars: address (11 characters, no spaces)

Code: the Ref number code you received the application was submited.

Reference: your contact phone number, no spaces

If you are prompted by your bank to select from a list of Porirua City Council
accounts – choose Consents & Licences.

We will email your LIM to you. If you would like a hard copy you can either collect your LIM from our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, during normal business hours or we will post you a copy.

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

If you need to cancel a LIM you can:

  • Email [email protected] with the following details: 
    Subject: Request to Cancel a LIM 
    Name of applicant 
    LIM number if known 
    Property address 
    Bank account details for refund: account holder name, and bank account number. 
  • You can also visit our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua to make your request.


  • Refunds are based on elapsed time from date of receipt of the application form. Refer to LIM fees for details of refunds.
  • Commercial LIMs are non refundable.

The following information should be in a LIM.

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

  • potential erosion – the potential for the wearing away of rocks and other deposits on the earth’s surface by the action of water, ice, wind
  • avulsion – 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 – a relatively free downward or forward falling of unconsolidated or poorly consolidated earth or rocky debris from a cliff, cave, or arch 
  • subsidence – the gradual sinking of landforms to a lower level as a result of the earth movements or mining operations 
  • slippage – the amount of slippage or the extent to which slipping occurs 
  • alluvion or inundation – overflow or flood – to cover with water especially flood waters 
  • earthworks associated with a subdivision 
  • likely presence of hazardous contaminants. 

We also include a link to this report on Stormwater Modelling

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 
  • record of title.

The LIM 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) 
  • about any site inspections. 

Apply for a LIM online

You can submit a request for a LIM and pay online with your credit card via Council’s MyPorirua customer portal.

Please click here

Recommended pages:

You can view property records at our office.