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Christmas holiday period dates


The Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) states the holiday period is 20 December 2023 to 10 January 2024 (inclusive). To guarantee a receipt of a LIM prior to Christmas, applications need to be lodged by 12pm on Wednesday 6 December 2023

Property file requests

To receive a property file prior to Christmas, requests must be received before 12pm Thursday 21 December 2023. No property file requests will be issued during the SDC closedown period of 12pm on 22 December to 8 January 2024. Processing of property files will resume on Monday 8 January 2024.

What's a property file?

A property file is a collection of documents specific to Council’s regulatory activities on a particular property.

As part of our ongoing customer service we supply property files to a wide range of people on a daily basis; real estate agents, lawyers, contractors, owners, buyers, builders, architects, engineers and surveyors.

Depending on the property, you could expect some of the following:

  • Building consent documents e.g. plans and specifications, site and drainage plans
  • historic building permits
  • resource consent documents e.g. decision letters or scheme plans
  • (High Value Area) HVA Reports e.g. a report describing the ecological significance of the area
  • LIM Notification in the form of an Earthquake Prone Building Status.

Vacant land may not have any building work, resource consents, land use or subdivisions, or any other work performed by the Council so nothing would be available to view.

A large commercial operation, on the other hand, may have historic building permits, multiple building consents, a Building Warrant of Fitness and resource consents for land use and subdivisions.

A property file does not replace a LIM report and often customers get a property file in addition to a LIM report. We deliver our property files electronically via a file sharing site.