Buller District Council

Land Information Memorandum

What is a LIM?

A LIM is a document requested by you for information relating to a specific property and is issued by Council under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

If you are considering purchasing a property in the Buller District it is recommended that you obtain a LIM before finalising the purchase. It provides a copy of all the known information held by Council that relates to a specific property. As a vendor, obtaining a LIM can be a useful way of identifying any outstanding requirements i.e. building consents or resource consents that may need to be completed or signed off.

If you are intending to buy a property for redevelopment, it is suggested you check your proposal with Council’s Planning Department to find out the relevant rules that would apply under the District Plan before committing yourself to a purchase. To discuss your proposal, phone the Council and ask to either speak to, or make an appointment with, the Duty Planner.

A LIM will be issued within 10 full working days of the date of request being received.

Note: There is no facility for a fast track LIM request, however all reasonable and practical steps will be taken to complete the LIM as soon as possible.

What information will a LIM provide?

The following is a guide to the type of information that may be held by Council and included within a LIM.

  • Valuation and rating information including any rates owing and the area of the property
  • Information relating to the zoning of the land under the Buller District Plan
  • Aerial photographs: Property boundaries shown on any LIM document are a guide only. You will need to find your property boundary pegs or employ a surveyor to set the boundaries for you.
  •  Details of any building or resource consent, certificate, notice, order, or requisition affecting the land or any building on the land previously issued by Council
  • Information on private (where known to Council) and public stormwater and sewerage drains, also water supply, as shown in Council’s records
  • Compliance Schedules, building Warrant of Fitness, if relevant
  • Swimming pool fence compliance
  • Information which, in terms of any other Act, has been notified to Council by any statutory organisation having the power to classify land or buildings for any purpose
  • Identification of (if any) special feature or characteristic of the land. This may include potential erosion, avulsion, falling debris, subsidence, slippage, alluvion, or inundation, or likely presence of hazardous contaminants that may be known to Council; but is not apparent from the District Plan
  • Potential contamination by hazardous substances
  • Information which has been notified to Council by any network utility operator pursuant to the Building Act 1991 or the Building Act 2004
  • Licence details i.e. food premises, health, hairdressing, hazardous substances etc
  • Heritage status of the land and/or building where applicable

The LIM may also include any other information relevant to the land which the Council considers, at its discretion, to be relevant.

Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information held on its files as previous owners may have carried out work without reference to Council.

Applying for a LIM

LIM applications must be in writing on an official application form, with sufficient information to identify the property for which you require a LIM. Lot and DP number and Valuation number are required on an application. Also helpful is a copy of the Certificate of Title (less than three months old).

This form is available to download from the link below, or from the Council’s Customer Services counter in the Westport and Reefton offices.

You should forward your application, with the appropriate fee, to the relevant Council office. Please be sure that all the information requested is included to enable us to return the LIM to you as quickly as possible.

What will a LIM cost?

The cost of a LIM is $250.00 (incl GST) per property.  The application fee is payable when the application is lodged with Council.   This may be by cash, Eftpos,cheque or credit card.  If paying by credit card, there is an administration fee per transaction.

You can make payment for a LIM by internet banking:
Account Name: Buller District Council
Bank: Westpac, Westport branch—Account Number: 03-0897-0084770-00

When paying by internet banking, please ensure that you put your LAST NAME/LIM/ADDRESS  in the reference fields, so our staff can correctly allocate this to the LIM account, and not the Rates account for this payment.

Or, you have an option of phoning our Customer Services team on 03 788 9111 to make payment by credit card.


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