Council fees and charges for regulatory and property information services for 2020/2021.

  • Fees and charges set under section 150 of the Local Government Act 2002 or other relevant legislation (e.g. Dog Control Act 1990, Building Act 2004, Food Act 2014, etc.).
  • GST inclusive (15%).

A LIM a report issued under the Section 44A of the LGOIMA that summarises all information the Council knows about the property (including consents, licenses, outstanding charges, rateable value) and the surrounding area. It is recommended to obtain a LIM on a property before you purchase.

Service Delivery time (working days) Pricing
Standard LIM(external link) 10 days   Residential: $290
Commercial: $435
Fast Track LIM(external link)  5 days Residential: $390
Commercial: $535
Cancellation fee   $63

The Council holds a range of documents and report (plans, historic consents, certificates, PIMs, LIMs) about all properties in the region.

All Christchurch property files are held in off-site storage and commercial ones can be consulted on-site.

File copies are available at a cost.

Service Average delivery time
(working days)
Property files(external link) 3 to 5 days Digitised residential property file (hard copy conversion only): $65.00
Digitised residential property file (all electronic files only): $30.00
Digitised commercial property file (all electronic files only): $60.00

Commercial property file service (hard copy viewing only): $64.50 for the first hour of booking (viewings exceeding an hour duration an additional $36.00 charge for each subsequent hour of the booking will be applied).

Each barcode required over 3 will incur a charge of $9.00

Optional electronic scan of commercial property files (to be offset by the viewing fee): Actual costs recovered

A PIM is a Council document issued under Section 31-35 of the Building Act 2004 that provides information about the property and the land that is known to Council and that is relevant to a proposed building project.

Service Delivery time
(working days)
Property Information Memoranda
(PIM)(external link)
20 days statutory time

Residential: $360 (deposit only)  

Commercial/Industrial: $485 (deposit only)

A pre-application meeting is an opportunity for you to discuss all the aspects of your proposed building project with the Council’s experts available: Building Consent officers, City Planners, Traffic Engineers, Urban design, etc. It can help you submitting a stronger resource/ building consent application afterwards.

Type Average delivery time
(working days)
Pre-application meeting(external link)

Officer time and Administration costs pre and post-meeting will be incorporated into total cost of service
10 days Actual cost recovered based on charge out rate of officers in attendance

The table below summaries the types of aerial photos we can supply, and the timeframes that apply.

  Electronic or A4 to A3 print pricing A2 to A0 print pricing
Single property or adjacent properties with the same owner

While you wait:

  • A4 $18.50 per/page
  • A3 $26.00 per/page

Both in colour

Within 48 hours:

  • A2 $37
  • A1 $47
  • A0 $84
Large area or multiple properties with different owners By negotiation, for Council contractors only By negotiation

A drainage plan from the Council will show the pipelines and waterways on, or flowing from a property.

Service Average delivery time (working days) Pricing
Drainage Plans(external link) 1 day

Per plan: $13.50

Request in person for up to three properties only at Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central or at any of our Service Centres. 

Service Average delivery time (working days) Pricing
Ratepayer details(external link)(external link) Immediate Free

Service Pricing

Copy/photocopying per page

  • A4: $0.20
  • A3: $2.00
  • A2: $3.50
  • A1: $6.50
  • A0: $10.50

Scanning for hard copy application conversion: A3 and A4 single-sided

  • 1 to 20: $27.40
  • 21 to 40: $29.50
  • 41 to 60: $33.50
  • 61 to 80: $37.90
  • 81 to 100: $42.00
  • 101 to 150: $49.50
  • Every 100 sheets or part thereof over 100 (This fee applies to documents 151 pages and above): $70.50

Larger than A3 per sheet single-sided

  • 1 to 20: $27.50
  • 21 to 40: $37.90
  • 41 to 60: $59.00
  • 61 to 80: $80.00
  • 81 to 100: $100.00
  • 101 to 150: $138.00
  • Every 100 sheets or part thereof over 100 (This fee applies to documents 151 pages and above): $160.00


Mentioned average delivery times are indicative only.