Land Information Memorandum
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a report that is prepared by a territorial authority (in this case, Opotiki District Council) in relation to matters affecting land and buildings on a particular property.
What will be in a LIM?
The following information will be included in a LIM:
- Private and public drains and easements known to the Council, if relevant.
- Government valuation of the property and rates struck for current year (note: this will also include water rates, where applicable).
- Any special features of the land including potential erosion, falling debris, sinking, slipping, silting or build-up of land, flooding, or likely hazardous pollutants known to the Council.
- Council consents, certificates, notices, orders and requisitions affecting the land and any buildings on that land.
- The site and floor plan of any buildings, and code compliance certificates (CCC) for building consents on the property file. Any additional building consent information on the property file can be viewed on request at the Council. A digital copy of an entire property file supplied on CD or in PDF format via secure email portal is available on request, charged on a per page basis.
- Any information that has been submitted to the Council by other statutory organisations or network utility operators relating to the site or general locality.
- Any other information that the Council deems relevant.
How do you request a LIM?
The easiest and quickest way to apply and pay for your LIM is by using the online services form at the bottom of this page.
Or, applications can be emailed, faxed, posted or delivered in person. Payment can be by cheque or direct debit. The Council's bank account details are provided on the application form.
BY HAND: Customer Services, Opotiki District Council, 108 St John Street, Opotiki 3122
BY POST: Opotiki District Council, PO Box 44, Opotiki 3162
BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: LIM Coordinator
BY FAX: 07 315 7050
How much does it cost?
The fee for a LIM application is $335 rural/residential or $630 commercial/industrial (plus $160 for urgent applications) including GST.
What information do I need to provide on the LIM application?
- The land that is the subject of the application must be clearly identified. The legal description can be obtained from the rate demand or from the Council. The Council takes no responsibility for incorrect legal descriptions.
- The present owner details will assist the Council to clearly identify the property.
- The contact details are important in case the Council needs to communicate with anyone regarding the application.
How long will a LIM take to process?
Opotiki District Council has ten (10) working days from date of receipt of your application to complete a LIM. Urgent LIMs are completed within five (5) working days from date of receipt.
The days between 25 December and 15 January are not deemed to be working days and should not be considered as part of the 10 working day LIM processing timeframe.
If you do not send the required fee or your application includes incorrect or insufficient information, the Council will advise you of this and your LIM application will not proceed until all information has been received by the Council.
How will I receive my requested LIM?
The completed LIM with attachments will be posted to the address provided on the application within the required timeframe. A copy of the LIM with attachments will also be emailed (if an email address is supplied).
Is a LIM covered by Legislation?
Yes, LIMs are covered under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
You can read a copy of the legislation here: 44A Land Information Memorandum
More questions about LIMs?
You can contact our planning team in the following ways:
By phone, or email, or in person
If you would like a member of the team to call or email you to discuss your enquiry or make an appointment to meet with you, phone us on (07) 315 3030 to lodge a call, email or appointment request, or click here to use our easy online request a call, email or appointment online form.
How long will it take us to respond?
We have set a service standard of 5 days to call or email you back to either discuss your enquiry or set an appointment date and time. We have a service standard of 10 working days to have the appointment with you.
If your request is urgent, please note this on the form and we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can. However, please note we are a small team and it is not always possible to respond to your request immediately. Any change to our service timeframes is at the discretion of the Planning and Regulatory Group Manager.