How do I apply for a LIM?
A LIM application form must be completed for each property. You have a choice of:
Hard copy forms obtained from Council can be posted to:
South Waikato District Council
Private Bag 7,
LIM forms can also be faxed to 07 885 0718 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that some properties may require Council to produce more than one LIM, with fees applying to each LIM report issued. Generally, a separate LIM report will be required for each Certificate of Title. However this is not always the case for every property. Please contact Council for further information if required.
Payment may be made by cash or eftpos at a Council office, by cheque, or by internet banking / direct credit. If paying by internet banking, we recommend the use of your bank's Bill Payment service. Council is pre-registered with all main banks. Log on to your internet banking bill payment service and search for South Waikato District Council Debtors. If you are unable to use an internet banking bill payment system, Council's bank account number is 02 0464 0103382 00. Please ensure you include your name and 'LIM' in the reference fields with your payment. (Do not include the property valuation number with the payment). More information about online payments is available here.
If applying for a LIM online, we accept internet banking or credit card payment options.
What is a Land Information Memoranda (LIM)?
A LIM is a report prepared by the Council that contains a summary of any relevant information that the Council has on file about a property, including the land and buildings. LIMs are issued in accordance with Section 44A of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. The Act requires that LIMs are issued within 10 working days of request and specifies minimum information to be included in the report.
Are LIMs available to view at Council Offices?
Can I view an old LIM?
No. Old LIMs for a property will have been paid for, prepared for the exclusive use of, and are owned by the person who requested the report. Old LIMs may also no longer contain accurate or complete information due to changes to the property or more recent information becoming available since the report was produced. If you obtain a copy of a LIM from another person, please note that the information was only accurate as at the date the LIM was prepared. Please also note that there is no guarantee that the LIM has not been altered or had parts removed. While an old LIM may be of some use to you, Council will have no liability if you rely on the contents of that report.
Can I just view building records?
What information will be in a LIM?
What information won't be in a LIM
When should I obtain a LIM?
If you are considering purchasing a property in the South Waikato District, it is recommended that you obtain a LIM before finalising the purchase. LIMs are often obtained by property owners considering selling a property and also by developers and consultants planning property projects. Anyone can request a LIM report on any property.
How long will the LIM take to be processed?
Legislation requires that a LIM will be issued within 10 working days. The Act specifies that the period 25 December to 15 January are not counted as working days. Council will make every effort to issue your LIM as soon as possible. An urgent three working day service is available for an increased fee. The urgent LIM service is subject to Council workloads and may not always be available at all times or for all properties. Please contact Council to enquire further.
How much does a LIM cost?
Standard fees apply to most properties. However Council reserves the right to charge a higher fee for LIMs on large or complex properties. The current fees are here.
Certificates of Title
How will I receive my LIM report?
LIMs can usually be emailed to the customer - subject on occasion to limitations on the size of attachments. Reports can also be posted or couriered. Please specify on your application form how you would like to receive your report and ensure your email address and/or mailing address are recorded correctly.
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