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
Residential property requests $69.00
Commercial property requests $114.00

* 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 by internet banking.
  • in person at our Customer Service Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, by cash or EFTPOS.

Sorry, you cannot pay by credit card.

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 ID code you received in the confirmation email

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 - 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. 

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. 
  • A LIM does not include any site inspections. 

Apply for a LIM online


Recommended pages:

You can view property records at our office.