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..

The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 provides Council 10 working days to process land information memorandum (LIM) applications, the definition of a ‘working day’ under the act does not include the period between 20 December and 10 January.

Therefore, this period will be considered ‘1 working day’ and any applications accepted during this time will be deemed as being received on the 10 January 2024.

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

Please complete all mandatory fields with a

Full address of the property you are requesting a LIM for
Property legal description (eg Lot XX DP XXXXXXX)
Name/s of current owner (if known)
Please state your full name
Please state your postal address
Daytime contact phone number
Your email where we can contact you
Preferred means for formal correspondence
All LIMs will be processed within 10 working days. Applications for an Urgent Residential LIM (please refer to LIM Fees), will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Urgent Residential LIMs take 5 working days.
How would you like your LIM to be delivered?

Recommended pages:

You can view property records at our office.