Records of title (Certificates of title)

One of the most common reasons people get a Record of Title (formerly known as a Certificate of Title) is when they are buying a property. A Record of Title allows you to check a property for any restrictions or allowances that may supersede the normal zone rules, such as consent notices, covenants, easements or encumbrances. 

Note that you are required to provide a hard copy of the property's Record of Title as an attachment with any LIM report or resource consent application. The Record of Title should have been issued within the last two months.

Find out more about LIM reports and resource consents

Other certificates

A Certificate of Title should not be confused with a Certificate of Compliance. A Certificate of Compliance is a legal document produced after a full assessment of your proposal has been done against the rules of the District Plan.

A Certificate of Compliance is also quite separate from a Certificate of Building Compliance (or Code Compliance Certificate - CCC). A CCC is issued in relation to checks made on building work to ensure that what has been done is compliant with the Building Act 2004.

There are also S223 and S224 certificates required under the Resource Management Act 1991 in relation to resource consents for subdivisions.

Apply for a Certificate of Title

Certificates of title are held at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) where they can be viewed online. You can either obtain the hard copy of a Certificate of Title from LINZ or you can indicate on your application for a LIM, Resource Consent or Building Consent that you wish Council to obtain a Certificate of Title from LINZ. 

If you have any further queries about applying for either a Certificate of  Title, call us on our freephone 0800 492 452.

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The cost of a Certificate of Title is $35.00, if obtained from the Waikato District Council rather than obtained from LINZ). For full details, see our fees and charges schedule. 

How to pay

You'll need to pay for your Certificate of Title 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).

Please use the following reference tag: CERT OF TITLE REQUEST - (property address and/or CT no.).

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

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