The information you may get from a LIM will vary between councils. Generally, the LIM report will provide information known by the council concerned. Waikato District Council compiles the LIM from information and details held on file and our database, which could include some of all of the items listed below:
- Special land features and potential hazards (such as erosion or subsidence).
- District Plan information (such as zoning or heritage listings).
- Consents, certificates, notices, orders or requisitions affecting the land or buildings and rates information (such as current rating valuation and arrears). (Note that for resource consents, basic info only can be supplied: full details will not be available until the consent has gone through the complete process and a decision has been made).
- Water and waste services (such as plans).
LIMs do not usually include the following information:
- Information in relation to state highways. Please contact your local NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) office for this information.
- Plans for and activities related to any parks and reserves in the vicinity of the property.
- Network utilities - electricity and gas and telephone connections. Information may be obtained from the relevant utility companies.
- Any decisions related to adjacent properties.
Validity of your LIM
Only a current LIM is valid for the purposes of a Sale and Purchase Agreement. A LIM report does not include a physical inspection of the property. You should always compare the information on the LIM with what is on the property as the Council may not have been notified of something concerning the property. There is no guarantee that the information about a property (especially old information) exists. A LIM should not be confused with a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) report which has a different use and purpose.
First, use our Maps Online tool to check which zone(s) your property or properties lie within: charges will vary depending on the zone. For full details including costs in relation to each type of zone, see our fees and charges schedule.
Note that the cost of a Certificate of Title to go with your LIM - if obtained from the Waikato District Council (rather than LINZ) - will be $35.00.
Apply for a LIM report
The Council is required to provide a LIM within 10 working days once a request has been received. However, if you wish to request an urgent LIM, this can be done for an additional cost in order to provide the LIM within five workings days.
When applying for a LIM report, you will need to provide:
- a completed application form - please indicate if your request is for a general LIM or an urgent LIM
- the property's street address
- legal description e.g. Lot and DPs
- the name of the property's current owner
- a copy of the property's current Certificate of Title (no older than two months).
Note, your Certificate of Title should have been issued within the last two months.
To apply for a LIM report, either:
If you have any further queries about applying for a LIM report, call us on our freephone 0800 492 452 and ask to speak to the LIMS team.
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 the form on our website).
- Internet banking.
- EFTPOS, cheque or cash at any Waikato District Council Office.
- Mail (cheque).
For LIM report requests, please use the following reference tag: LIM - (property address and/or legal description of the property if you have it).
See our website for full details on each payment method and how to PAYIT.