A LIM is a report on the property provided by the local Council setting out all of the information held on their records in relation to that property. The report normally indicates:
- What building consents have been issued for any buildings, or alterations to any buildings, on the property. It is important that you pay particular attention to this as the lack of a building consent could cause problems in the future.
- The zoning for the property.
- Site plans of any buildings and/or alterations on the land.
- Location of drains.
- Any outstanding Council requisitions or requirements on the property which have not been complied with.
- Rates information.
- Any proposed notified public works in the area.
- Any notified Resource Consent applications for properties adjoining the property which may affect the property.
Alternatively, you can research the information yourself at Council offices, called a “public counter search”. We strongly recommend that you do one or the other, as important information is held in Council records. It is safer to obtain a LIM than undertake a public counter search as this may not disclose everything that a LIM would disclose.