What the PIM provides

The PIM must include all information likely to be relevant to the proposed building work, including:

  • information identifying each special feature of the land concerned (if any)
  • information that, in terms of any other Act, has been notified to the territorial authority by a statutory authority
  • details of existing stormwater or wastewater utility systems on, or adjacent to, the site of the proposed building work or that relate to the proposed building work
  • details of any authorisation (including requirements to be met and conditions) in respect of the proposed building work that the territorial authority, on its own behalf and on behalf of any network utility operator, is authorised to refuse or require under any other Act
  • either confirmation that the building work may be carried out subject to the requirements of a building consent and subject to all other necessary authorisations being obtained, or notification that building work may not be carried out because any necessary authorisation has been refused, despite the issue of any building consent
  • if the PIM relates to the construction of a building on land composed of two or more allotments, please refer to Section 75(2) of the Building Act: The territorial authority must issue a certificate that states that, as a condition of the grant of a building consent for the building work to which the application relates, 1 or more of those allotments specified by the territorial authority (the specified allotments) must not be transferred or leased except in conjunction with any specified other or others of those allotments.

Plus, where applicable:

  • information regarding the heritage status of the building
  • a statement, if the building is of historic nature, that the New Zealand Historic Places Trust will be (or has been) notified
  • if the territorial authority considers the owner of the building is likely to be required to make provision for an evacuation scheme under section 21A of the Fire Service Act 1975, a statement to that effect
  • attach a notice under Section 36 advising that a development contribution under the Local Government Act 2002 will need to be paid before a Code Compliance Certificate can be issued
  • a certificate under Section 37 stating that building work may not proceed until a resource consent has been obtained, or may only proceed to the extent stated in the certificate

The PIM process is

  • an accuracy check of the information before going on file
  • verification that the work is within Schedule One of the Building Act. (Building work that does not require a building consent (external link) )
  • verification of compliance with any other Council requirements like the RMA, District Plan and bylaws
  • identifies the decision on the property file and it will come up in any future LIMS
  • provides the owner with written verification and/or guidance

If you want the information placed on the property file the PIM process should be used. Ideally this should be done in the concept stage, before the work is done.

Email us: building-cs@southlanddc.govt.nz

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What is a property file? A property file contains public information on Building and Resource consent documentation. Note: This should not be used instead of a PIM or LIM when purchasing a property.


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