Request a project information memorandum (PIM)

A PIM is a memorandum containing Council information that may affect a proposed building project. It's optional, but can highlight potential issues and reduce delays.

What a PIM includes

The information in a PIM depends on what we already know about your property and your project.

Once you have an idea of what you want to build and have some initial plans, a PIM can tell you whether or not your project needs resource consent, building consent and/or other approvals from the Council.

It also advises what to take into account for the more detailed design – for example, wind speed, special land features or the location of drains on your property.

A PIM might include:

  • compliance with District Plan requirements
  • land structure
  • the need for an evacuation plan approved by the New Zealand Fire Service
  • potential erosion, slippage or flooding issues
  • the presence of any hazardous contaminants known to the Council
  • details on stormwater and sewerage systems and current drainage positions
  • any development contributions payable
  • other relevant authorisation requirements (resource consents and bylaw approvals, for example vehicle access or encroachments).

When to get one

A PIM is optional – but we recommend you get one if your project is large or complex.

We recommend you apply for a PIM early to help you plan your project.

Submit the form and pay the fee

Apply for a PIM using the application for building consent form – tick the box for project information memorandum. If you're requesting the PIM before you make your application, you only need to complete sections 1–7 and 13 of the form.

A PIM costs:

  • $408.25 for a single residential dwelling (including accessory buildings)
  • $489.50 for all other buildings.

Apply online

If you apply online, you'll receive an invoice through Simpli.

Apply online



Download the form

Application for building consent (506KB PDF)

In person

By post or email

After you've applied

We'll send you the PIM by email within 20 working days.

Need help?

The Building Compliance and Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Building Compliance and Consents
Phone: 04 801 4311
Email: bcc@wcc.govt.nz