Project Information Memorandum (PIM) reports

A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) report helps to identify the feasibility of a specific project on a piece of land under the requirements of the building consent and Building Act 2004 and any other necessary authorisations being obtained, such as a resource consent and the Resource Management Act 1991.

It's not compulsory to get one, but it's a really good idea to do so in the early stages of your building project as a separate process to your building consent, to make sure you don't end up spending extra time and money on re-design further down the track.

Once you have your PIM, give it to your designer and/or developer so they can use it to clarify what will be involved in a project before you go on to full design stage.

PIMs include information on special features, including those listed below.

  • Erosion.
  • Avulsion (removal of land by water action).
  • Falling debris. 
  • Subsidence. 
  • Slippage. 
  • Alluvium (the deposit of silt from flooding).
  • Wind zones. 
  • Hazardous contaminants. 
  • Water, stormwater or waste water utility systems relevant to your site/project.

It also identifies any additional approvals required such as:

  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (heritage buildings/sites).
  • New Zealand Fire Service Commission.

Validity of your PIM

A PIM does not give any form of approval under the District Plan or Building Act 2004, nor does it authorise you to start work on your project. Any building project should comply with our District Plan and it doesn't, you'll need to get resource consent before you proceed with your project's full design and building consent process.

Please contact one of our Duty Planners to discuss this so you can avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal: call us on our freephone 0800 492 452.  They can then advise you if you also need a resource consent and assist you through that process. A PIM is not the same as a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report (LIM) - LIMs have a different use and purpose. 


The cost of your PIM will depend on the value of your project. Fees are charged based on one of three categories:

  • Projects valued at $20,000 or under - $145.00.
  • Projects valued between $20,000 and up to $1M - $150.00.
  • Projects valued at $1M or more - $155.00.

For full details see our fees and charges schedule.

Apply for a PIM report

Council is required to issue the PIM within 20 working days of the application being received. If further information is required this period is suspended until the required information has been received. 

Applying for a PIM report is a separate process to your building consent application. Check out the Waikato Building Consent Group website, which not only has the building consent application form, it has a handy PIM applicant's checklist too, to make sure you're sorted everything you need for your PIM application before you send it in. 

Send the form back to the Waikato District Council - the PIM report will be one of the first items actioned within the overall application, to allow you to receive this information before proceeding further with your building consent and design work.

You might also want to check out our building consents, guidance and inspections information first for an overview of what's involved in getting a building consent.

If you prefer, you can get in touch with us instead for assistance:

  • make a request for service online
  • call us on our freephone 0800 492 452. Depending on your enquiry, you will be able to speak to  either a duty inspector/duty planner or a project information officer.

Check out our office locations and our other contact information

How to pay

You'll need to pay for your report at the time you apply for it.

The easiest way to pay is online as it allows you to include the correct reference tag with your payment. This will ensure that it is identified and processed accurately and quickly. However, any of the payment methods below are acceptable.

  • Credit card (using our website form).
  • Internet banking. 
  • EFTPOS, cheque or cash at any Waikato District Council Office.
  • Mail (cheque). 

See our website for full details on each payment method and how to PAYIT.

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