A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a report issued under Section 35 of the Building Act 2004. It summarises information Council has on record about a property that may have an effect on the building project you are undertaking including checking the compliance of the project with the relevant Resource Management Plan rules.
It identifies what, if any, resource consents will be needed (and that work may not start prior to issue of these consents), as well as any requirements in terms of connections/disconnections to services and any Development Contribution Levies that apply. As part of the building consent process, the Council can issue a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) if the applicant has applied for one. Note: PIM applications are optional only as PIMs are no longer compulsory for building consents.
The PIM can be applied for with the building consent application but a better option is to apply for the PIM before the building design is completed. That is because the PIM may contain essential information about resource consents, drainage connections and the presence of any potential hazards such as flooding.
The PIM can take up to 20 working days to be issued so lodging an application at an early stage can be important. Once plans have reached the stage when a good site plan, floor layout, elevations and cross section are available, then a PIM can be applied for. The PIM fee will be invoiced when the PIM document is issued.
You can use the PIM online form to lodge PIM applications, (Please note: you will need to log in/create an account to access the form)