Land Information Memorandum (LIM)

If you are planning to buy or sell a property you can request a LIM to find out information Christchurch City Council has on file for that property.

By law, the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) processing clock stops between Wednesday 20 December 2023 and Wednesday 10 January 2024.

To ensure you receive your LIM before the clock stops:

  • Standard applications should be received before 5pm on Tuesday 5 December 2023.
  • Fast-track applications should be received before 5pm on Tuesday 12 December 2023. 

Applications received after these dates are not guaranteed to be processed until we begin in the New Year. 

Request a Land Information Memorandum (LIM)

You can also complete and pay for a LIM application at one of our service centres(external link). 

LIMs and property files

Land Information Memorandum (LIM)

A LIM report is required to be processed within 10 working days and includes any information relevant under section 44a of the LGOIMA Act 1987.

This may include information such as:

Building, consents and activity licences information Land, property-related information and services
List of building permits and consents, code compliance certificates and warrants of fitness, swimming pool fence compliance etc. Special characteristics of the land and buildings including protected buildings and trees, historic buildings, potential contamination and flooding areas.
Notified information under section 124 of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006. Information about drinking water supply, sewer and/or stormwater utility services.
List of land-use resource consents within 100m. Rates and water information and outstanding charges, rateable valuation data.
Other registrations and licences. Refuse and recycling collection information.
Canterbury earthquakes information related to placards issued. Other land information the authority considers relevant.

Property files

A property file can contain additional useful information. You can request this information when requesting a LIM or separately. 

The property file fee is additional to the LIM fee and will be charged at the digitised property file fee rate.

Fees and charges

Refer to the land and property information service fee schedule to view our fees and charges.

You can pay the fee when you submit your LIM application, or charge it to your LIM account, which is invoiced each month.  To set up a LIM account, phone the accounts receivable team on 03 941 8999.

Application form issues

If you're having problems with the online form, you can try:

  • Completing the form quickly - pauses in activity of over two minutes will cause the form to time out or an error to display.
  • Closing all internet browser windows/tabs and starting a fresh session.
  • Only have one form open at a time on your computer.
  • Using a different internet browser. We recommend Google Chrome.
  • Using a different device.
  • Clearing your cookies or cache.
  • Clearing your browser history.
  • Removing your temporary files.

Check when your LIM is due to be issued

View today's LIM processing report [PDF, 501 KB].

If your LIM is not showing in the report after two working days, email , or call 03 941 8999.

Cancel or upgrade to a fast track LIM request

To upgrade from a standard LIM to a fast track LIM, complete the cancel or upgrade a LIM application. If you have already paid the standard LIM fee you will be contacted to pay the difference prior to your fast track being processed.

To cancel a LIM there is a cancellation fee, however, you can cancel a LIM application at any time up until we begin to process your LIM report. If you have already paid, we will refund you the LIM fee minus any applicable cancellation fee. 

Contact us

For more information about LIMs, contact the Council: