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Project Information Memorandum (PIM)

He aha te (PIM) Kaupapa Paarongo Manatu

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 Act 2004 and any other necessary authorisations being obtained, such as a resource consent under 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.

  • District Plan zoning.
  • Land hazards.
  • 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).
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ). 

How to apply for a PIM report

You can apply for a PIM through the Build Waikato website.

Apply for a PIM

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. If it doesn't, you'll need to get resource consent (LINK).

A PIM is not the same as a Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report - 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 up to $20,000 - $160.00.

Projects valued over $20,000 and up to $1M - $330.00.

Projects valued over $1M - $410.00.

For full details see our fees and charges schedule.