PIMs, Resource consent and Producer Statements
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A project information memorandum (PIM) is a report that outlines any information or special features of the land, as well as regulatory requirements that may impact/be relevant to building on that site. The report is prepared by Council and provides a basis of information for all parties involved in the project.
Although not mandatory to get a PIM, Council recommends that all people apply for one when creating new dwellings, commercial projects and other large or significant building activities. A PIM also assists in the building consent process. It identifies whether the need for consent is there, assists in the information and requirements for service connections/disconnections, as well as providing the owner any information that Council has on the land on which you intend to build.
How do you apply for a PIM?
You must provide Council with a completed application form, as well as:
- Details of where the building work will be carried out
- Details on the type of work that will be carried out
- Specific details if the use of the site/building is to be changed
- The estimated value of the building work
- Previous consents issued for the project
- Subdivision details
- Any other information that may be required by Council (check with us)
- Considerations of any existing drains or sewers close to wells or water mains
How long will it take for the application to be processed?
Council has an obligation to issue the PIM within 20 working days of receiving an application. If needed, more information may be requested by Council within 10 working days of receiving the application. The application will be suspended until the information is received.
If a PIM has not previously been issued for the site and it has potential to affect a registered historic place, historic area, waahi tapu or waahi tapu area, then Council will advise the New Zealand Historic Places Trust within five days.
What will be in the PIM when you receive it?
The PIM will include information that relates to the proposed building work. This includes:
- Information that identifies special features of the land (if any)
- Information that has been provided to the territorial authority by a statutory authority (in relation to the building site)
- Information on existing storm/waste water systems (on or near the building site)
- Information of any requirements to be met and conditions in regards to the building site that may not be accessible under other Acts
- Confirmation that building work may be carried out on the site (as long as other documentation is applied for and approved) OR notification that the proposed work had been refused
Read more about PIM’s here.
You may need to apply for resource consent, depending on the requirements of the District or Regional Plan.
Under the Resource Management Act, regional and city or District Councils prepare plans to reflect the desires and aspirations of the local community in relation to natural or physical resources, and activities that affect the environment.
A producer statement is a professional opinion based on sound judgement and specialist expertise. It is not a product warranty or guarantee of compliance. These can help support building consent applications (and code compliance certification).
19 June 2018