Getting smart before buying a property
Buying a property may be the biggest financial transaction you will ever be involved in, with potentially significant costs if it goes wrong, so find out as much information as you can about the buying process – even before you start looking at properties. The Real Estate Agents Authority have developed settled.govt.nz to help guide kiwis through home buying and selling.
View property and rating information for properties in the district here together with data on planning, flooding and hazards.
You can access information about Kāpiti Coast District properties in several different ways.
The Rates Search allows you to view property and rating information for properties in the District, and search for Valuation Reference Numbers. The information displayed is taken from the Council's Rating Information Database and Rates Record.
You can also view aerial photographs, planning information, service utilities, hazard features and contours through the interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tool here.
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a collation of the information the council holds on a property. Most people want a LIM because they are considering buying or selling a residential or commercial property and want to find out as much as possible about it before making a final decision.
The information provided is based on a search of council database records. There may be other information relating to the property which is not known to council - for example illegal or unauthorised building or works on the property. Note that LIM information is not based on an inspection of the property.
- LIM Information Sheet
To obtain a LIM Report from the Council you must complete the application form.
It is important to note that if you are considering selling or buying a property that it may take up to 10 working days to receive your LIM.
During the Christmas / New Year holiday period work will continue on processing LIMs, although delivery timeframes may be impacted. This is because the days from 20 December to 10 January are not counted as working days in the related legislation, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
- Application for LIM
You can request a LIM report by downloading and returning this form, which contains details about payment options:
LIM application form (PDF) - print and write on
LIM application form (Word) - type-in form
Cancellation of LIM Applications
Note: Refunds are based on elapsed time from date of receipt of the application form:
- Withdrawal of LIM Application - request for Fee Refund (PDF)
- Withdrawal of LIM Application - request for Fee Refund (Word)
Refunds are paid as follows:
Same date of receipt of application
75 % of total cost
Between 1-2 working days
50% of total cost
After 2 working days
No refund will be issued.
Request for building file information
A building file search is not a LIM (Land Information Memorandum). The information obtained via a building file search may include informal discussion and carries no legal weight. Reliance on the information is at the customer's own judgement.
Earthquake information for residential property owners
Kāpiti Coast District Council has been working with Wellington City Council to extend its Quakecheck Home Assessment Service to residential property owners on the Kāpiti Coast. The service will enable you to assess how safe your home would be in the event of a significant earthquake and advise any actions necessary to make it safe.
The results of an earthquake can sometimes mean damage to our homes and/or property. If you have suffered damage to your home, please contact your insurance company in the first instance.
Withhold personal details
If you require your name and postal address to be withheld from the Complete Rating Information Database viewable at offices of the Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Council, you must complete the Complete Rating Information Database form or email us here.
You will need to provide details of all properties for which you would like your details withheld. Please note; where there is more than one owner for a property, all owner details for that property will be withheld even if only one of the owners has requested the withholding of information. Also that property owner details will still remain publicly available as part of a property’s Certificate of Title information available at Land Information New Zealand.