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Homeowners, buyers can apply for LIMs on Website

Homeowners and property buyers can now apply for LIMs on council website

May 9, 2006

North Shore City Council has introduced online applications and payments for Land Information Memorandums (LIMs), making the ordering process more convenient for homeowners and prospective property buyers.

With a secure credit card payment system and an automated step by step process, applicants can now order a LIM through the council’s website, www.northshorecity.govt.nz.

Along with the minimum $200 credit card payment, all that is required is the property address and information about whether a pool or spa is on the property. Applicants can specify where and to whom they would like their LIM delivered and if they would like it mailed, couriered or available for pick-up at a council office.

North Shore City Council’s spatial information systems manager, Kumar Kannan, says the property business operates seven days a week so offering LIM applications online supports the market.

“Potential buyers, real estate agents and lawyers can apply for a LIM 24/7. They’re not restricted to visiting our council during business hours to put in an application, plus there’s no time delay between sending the application in by post and us receiving it.”

The statutory requirement for delivering a LIM is within 10 working days of receiving an application.

“We’re continuing to improve our business systems to help us turn LIM applications around faster. We’re confident the online application process will enhance our ability to do this,” Mr Kannan says.

Homeowners and property buyers use a LIM to prove whether a property is legal. A LIM contains a host of information about a property including zoning rules, how much the rates are, what consents have been approved and where to find drains. It may even outline the developments being planned for the property next door.

North Shore City Council has introduced a number of online services in the past year. It is possible to use a credit card for online payments of parking fines, transit lane infringements and dog registration renewals. Other online services include the recent launch of ‘shorelife’ an email newsletter, ordering property information, completing a search of the city’s cemeteries, and finding out the safety grading of food premises and eateries. The council’s goal is to bring more services online to bring greater convenience to its customers.

Free internet access is available at each of the city’s seven council-run North Shore Libraries.

To use the council’s online services, please visit www.northshorecity.govt.nz, check out the top right-hand menu and select ‘online services’.

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