Project Information Memorandum (PIM)
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A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a voluntary document you can apply for with your building consent, or before the building consent is applied for.
The PIM will list information that council knows about the property, and also let you know about other approvals (like a resource consent) that might be needed to complete your project. If you don’t know if your project will comply with the district plan, a PIM can be a good way to find out. Usually only ‘concept’ plans are required – site plan, floor plan, and project description.
It is issued by the Territorial Authority (council) under sections 32 – 35 of the Building Act 2004 which sets out information relevant to your building work.
How to Apply
PIMs are voluntary and you can apply separately or together with your building consent. An application for a PIM can be done through our Objective Build portal or by downloading the appropriate (either Residential or Commercial) application for building consent and ticking the box ‘PIM only’.
If all fees are paid, the PIM will be posted or emailed to you when it’s issued. If you can’t submit your application electronically, please contact us on 06 370 6300.
Documents you will need
All applications must have a copy of:
- a site plan;
- floor plan;
- building elevations;
- site access; and
- drainage plan.
What does a PIM contain
A PIM will have information on special land features, including:
- avulsion (removal of land by water action);
- falling debris;
- alluvium (the deposit of silt from flooding);
- the presence of hazardous contaminants that are known to Council that are likely to be relevant to the design, construction or alteration of your proposed building;
- details of stormwater or wastewater utility systems that relate to your proposed building work or are adjacent to your building site.
A PIM also shows any other approvals you will need in relation to:
- The Resource Management Act,
- New Zealand Historic Places Trust (heritage buildings/sites),
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).
A PIM also includes:
- Confirmation that you can carry out the building work, subject to the requirements of the building consent and all other necessary authorisations being obtained.
- Copies of other information that may have some design impact on your proposed building work like:
- Drainage plans,
- Water supply plans,
- Other utility plans and
- Any other information that Council holds that is relevant to your project.
A PIM doesn’t give any form of approval under the District Plan or Building Act. Get in touch with our planning department, or your own planning adviser to confirm that your proposal complies with the District Plan. If it doesn’t comply and resource consent is required, you are strongly advised to get this before seeking building consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.