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Land information memorandum

A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a report prepared by Council providing information from its records on matters related to the land and any buildings on a particular property.

Frequently asked questions

If you want to purchase a property it is recommended that you obtain a LIM before finalising the purchase. It provides a summary of all the known information held by Council that relates to a specific property.

As a vendor, obtaining a LIM you will obtain information about any outstanding requirements i.e., building consents or resource consents that may need to be completed or signed off.

If you are considering buying 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.

To discuss your proposal, phone Council and ask to either speak to, or make an appointment with, the Duty Planner.

The following is a guide to the type of information that may be held by Council and can be included in 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 features or characteristics 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 that 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.

LIM applications must be in writing on the official application form, with sufficient information to identify the property for which you require a LIM.

To make a LIM application, please use the form below:

The 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 also available from the Council’s Customer Services team in Westport and Reefton. You can post your LIM application or drop your application off at our Westport and Reefton offices after paying the appropriate fee.

Please be sure that all the information requested is included to enable us to return the LIM to you as quickly as possible.

Please see our Fees and Charges to find out what a LIM will cost.

You can pay your LIM 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 branc
  • 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.

You can pay through our online payment portal or phone our Customer Services team on 03 788 9111 to make payment by credit card.