Project Information Memorandums (PIMs)

Last updated: 12 Oct, 2021 03:43pm

If you are considering carrying out building work and need information on any relevant special land features and regulatory requirements, you can order a Project Information Memorandum (PIM).

A PIM can help inform design requirements and reduce time and costs during the consent approval process.

We will process your PIM within 20 working days if you supply all the necessary information with the application.

  • What’s in a PIM?
  • When do you need a PIM?
  • When do you need a PIM?
  • Apply for a PIM

What’s in a PIM?

A PIM is not an authorisation to commence work.

You must wait until the building consent has been approved before commencing any work on your project.

It includes information about:

  • Erosion and avulsion
  • Falling debris
  • Subsidence
  • Slippage
  • Alluvion (the deposition of silt from flooding)
  • Inundation (flooding)
  • Presence of hazardous contaminants
  • Information we’ve been given by any statutory organisation – such as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust or the Department of Conservation
  • Stormwater or wastewater utility systems related to your proposed building work, or adjacent to your building site
  • Authorisations under other Acts that the council requires, and requirements to be met in the granting of these authorisations and the conditions they will be subject to. The most common authorisations will be resource consents required under the Resource Management Act 1991.

 A PIM will also include either:

  • confirmation that you may carry out the building work (subject to the requirements of the building consent and all other necessary authorisations being obtained), or;
  • notification that you may not undertake building work.

A PIM does not give any form of approval under the district plan. It is your responsibility to determine that your proposal complies with the district plan by contacting us or your planning advisor.

If it turns out that you need a resource consent, we strongly advise that you obtain this before seeking a building consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.

When do you need a PIM?

While PIM’s are not mandatory, you should order a PIM if your project meets any one of the following criteria:

  • Commercial applications where the estimated value of proposed works is greater than $4 million
  • Residential applications where the estimated value of proposed works is greater than $1 million
  • It is a large project, for example a residential unit complex.

You should apply for a PIM before you apply for a building consent, as it may be useful in establishing the feasibility and design of the project.

Apply for a PIM

The PIM application form at has details of the information you need to provide to ensure we can process the PIM quickly.


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