​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How to apply for a LIM

Land Information Memorandum (LIM)

A Land Information Memorandum is a report prepared by Council which provides a summary of property information.  Property information is stored on Council databases and collected from all relevant departments in Council.​

How to apply for a LIM​​

​Complete and submit an online LIM application form, or download a LIM application form. You will need to provide:​​​
  • street address;
  • legal description, e.g. Lot & DP/S
  • current owner;
  • current and appropriate Certificate of Title together with attached diagram which is shown in the application form (for online submission the Certificate of Title can be emailed as per instructions on the form);
  • the appropriate fee.
  • The type of LIM you require (residential, multi unit, commercial, vacant land). Refer to LIM Application Definitions for more information

LIM Fees

​Residential - single dwelling ​$370.00
Express LIM (residential only) within 3 working days ​$485​.00
​Multi-Units (Flats) (2 or more units/dwellings) ​$535.00
Plus additional hourly rate (when over 3 hours) per hour
Vacant Land (Residential or Commercial) ​$370.00
*Costs from 1 July 2016 including GST

Processing LIMs

A LIM report takes up to 10 working days to complete. An Express service is available for residential LIM applications only and has a timeframe of 3 working days. 

You will be contacted when your LIM report is ready for collection. ​ 

More information about LIMs

Certificate of Title

An application is not considered to be submitted unless the full and correctly completed application has been received by Council along with a Certificate of Title - this title can be obtained from Land Information NZ, or a copy can be obtained from your lawyer or real estate agent.

Council can obtain the Certificate of Title for you, the title will be for the property as per the legal description provided on the application form. Council cannot be held responsible for an incorrect Certificate of Title if the legal description has been provided incorrectly.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund of the fee an application must be cancelled within 24 hours of lodging the application.  After this no refund will be available.

If you are buying a property, a LIM may answer some important questions about the property and any associated buildings. If you are selling a property, a LIM is a way of informing potential buyers

A LIM provides you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding Council requirements, matters or issues, and to obtain advice from your solicitor.

Banks and insurance companies may require a LIM to protect their investment.

Please be aware that only a current LIM is valid for the purpose of a Sale and Purchase Agreement. Also, a LIM report does not include a physical inspection of the property.

Futher information can be found at Land Information New Zealand.

Building Consents, Licenses and Requisitions

  • Reference to building permits or consents issued on the property (no plans will be supplied)
  • Any outstanding works or Code Compliance certificates for consents issued since 1993
  • If a compliance schedule has been issued for the building and when the related warrant of fitness expires
  • Any other notice, order, or requisition affecting the land or any building on the land previously issued by Council
  • The status of the land in relation to contamination of soil by hazardous substances
  • Whether the property has a licence relating to the Sale of Food, the Sale of Liquor, or other licence (under the Health Act 1956).

Swimming Pool

  • Whether the property has a swimming pool known to Council
  • In accordance with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987, if an inspection is required in relation to the swimming pool fencing, an additional fee is payable before inspection is undertaken.


  • Current rating valuation
  • Annual rates levy
  • Penalties charged during the year
  • Outstanding amounts for current instalment period
  • Rates arrears
  • Water charges (commercial only)
  • District Plan Information
  • Zoning of the property as defined by Operative and/or Proposed District Plan
  • Environmental Protection Overlay
  • Whether the site is listed as a Heritage Item, Heritage Precinct, or Archaeological, Historic or Cultural Overlay
  • Notable Trees on the site
  • All current and valid resource consents approved in relation to the property
  • Notified resource consent applications in process at the subject site and adjoining properties.

Public Works

Any proposed public works that may directly affect the property, where it is known.

Drainage and Water

Information on public stormwater and wastewater pipelines on the property as shown on Council's log plans. Water toby location. Private drainage plans will be provided if available.

Special Features

Such as erosion, subsidence, filling, flooding, avulsion, falling debris, slippage, alluvion, or inundation and soil report in relation to the property, where Council has such information available.

Information that you will NOT receive in a LIM

  • Building permit or consent plans
  • Information in relation to state highways please contact New Zealand Transport Agency.
  • Plans for and activities on any Parks and Reserves in the vicinity of the property - contact the Parks and Gardens unit.
  • Hamilton City Council does not hold any information concerning electricity and gas and telephone connections. Information may be obtained from the relevant utility companies.
  • Non-notified resource consent application in process on the subject site.
  • Any decisions on adjacent property.

*Disclaimer:  You are applying for a Land Information Memorandum. Information supplied may contain information that has been supplied by a third party and to which Council cannot state it is reliable or accurate. Hamilton City Council advises that such third party information be subject to further checking for accuracy by the Applicant. In addition, Hamilton city Council w​ill not accept any liability whatsoever, or subsequent loss, attributed to the third party information.

LIM Newsletter

The LIM newsletter is a great way to keep up-to date with what's happening and  provides a quick overview of any significant changes in legislation.

If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter please send your details through to​​

Page reviewed: 31 Mar 2022 12:42pm