A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a memorandum issued by the Territorial Authority (Council) under section 34 of the Building Act. It sets out information relevant to your building work.

PIMs are voluntary and may not be needed for your project. They are appropriate, for example, at the design phase of complex projects. If you intend to apply for a PIM we recommend that you do this early on in the design process, as the information in the PIM may be useful for your designer to finalise your project documentation. The PIM is issued within 20 working days of receiving an application.

A project information memorandum identifies any approvals required for your project such as:

  • Resource Management Act
  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust (heritage buildings/sites)
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Information provided on the PIM includes all such information known to Council at that time which may be relevant to the project or site. This includes potential for:

  • Erosion
  • Avulsion (removal of land by water action)
  • Falling debris
  • Subsidence
  • Slippage
  • Alluvium (the deposit of silt from flooding)
  • The presence of hazardous contaminants which are likely to be relevant to the design, construction or alteration of your proposed building which are known to Council
  • Details of stormwater or wastewater utility systems which may relate to your project or site will also be included (where applicable)
  • Relevant Council Bylaws

Contact the Duty Planner, or your own planning adviser, to determine whether your proposal complies with the District Plan. If it does not, and resource consent is required, you are strongly advised to obtain this before seeking building consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.

Building work cannot commence until you have obtained a Building Consent and any other approvals required by other legislation.