City Council land and property information services fees and charges for 2022/2023.

  • Fees and charges set under section 150 of the Local Government Act 2002 or other relevant legislation (e.g. Dog Control Act 1990, Building Act 2004, Food Act 2014, etc.).
  • GST inclusive (15%).

Land Information Memoranda (LIM)

A LIM a report issued under the Section 44A of the LGOIMA that summarises all information the Council knows about the property (including consents, licenses, outstanding charges, rateable value) and the surrounding area.

It is recommended to obtain a LIM on a property before you purchase.

Service Delivery time (working days) Pricing
Standard LIM(external link) 10 working days*   Residential: $290
Commercial: $435
Fast Track LIM(external link)  5 working days* Residential: $390
Commercial: $535
Cancellation fee   $50.00

*Our working days are Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Property file services

The Council holds a range of documents and report (plans, historic consents, certificates, PIMs, LIMs) about all properties in the region.

All Christchurch property files(external link) are held in off-site storage and commercial ones can be consulted on-site.

File copies are available at a cost.

Service Average delivery time (working days) Pricing
Digitised residential property file (hard copy conversion only) 3 to 5 days $65.00


Digitised residential property file (all electronic files only) 3 to 5 days $30.00
Digitised commercial property file (all electronic files only): 3 to 5 days $65.00
Commercial property file service (hard copy viewing only) 3 to 5 days $64.50 for the first hour of booking plus $36.00 for each subsequent hour of the booking.

Each extra property folder required after the first three will incur a charge of $9.00
Optional electronic scan of commercial property files (to be offset by the viewing fee) 3 to 5 days Actual costs recovered

Project Information Memoranda (PIM)

A project information memoranda (PIM)(external link) is a Council document issued under Section 31-35 of the Building Act 2004 that provides information about a property that is known to Council and that is relevant to a proposed building project.

It also advises on whether other authorisations are required for your project, such as resource consent.

Type Delivery time (working days) Pricing
Residential 20 days statutory time

$360 (deposit only)

Commercial / Industrial 20 days statutory time

$485 (deposit only)

Drainage plans

 A drainage plan from the Council will show the pipelines and waterways on, or flowing from a property. Refer to the City water and waste fees schedule for drainage plan fees.


The above delivery times are indicative only.