This section contains information on how to apply for consent.
On this page:
- Application format
- Illustrating ownership structure
- Standards for presenting a consent application
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Application assessment and timeframes
- Decisions and fees
- Improving consent applications to the Overseas Investment Office
Applying for consent generally requires significant legal and land expertise. Please consult your lawyer and/or a lawyer with expertise in overseas investment applications. For help finding and engaging a lawyer in New Zealand, please contact the New Zealand Law Society. Note that the OIO cannot give legal advice or consider draft applications.
All applications should be addressed to:
Overseas Investment Office
Land Information New Zealand
PO Box 5501
The OIO will seek additional information from an applicant if further clarification is required during the assessment process.
The OIO requires a diagram illustrating the current ownership structure of both the applicant and vendor companies or other corporate entities.
The diagram should identify the names of shareholding individuals and companies, and the percentage of ownership or control interest. Various public investors and shareholders can remain unidentified, for example "New Zealand Public".
Avoid stapling or binding the application letter and attachments. Documents should be collated using bulldog clips and attachments labelled on each page (where possible).
Each page should have the relevant appendix number - otherwise they become meaningless when the documents are scanned. Please provide the original bound copy of company reports and other commercially printed documents.
The electronic copy must be an exact replica of the hard copy, scanned or otherwise provided electronically. Every document must be on a clearly labelled CD or DVD.
Documents should be in PDF, RTF or Microsoft Word or Visio formats and scanned in black and white (unless the document contains essential colour). Use text or line art settings wherever possible so that content can be copied and pasted. Applications that require manual data entry can slow turnaround times.
Subsequent correspondence can be delivered in email form (either an email message, or email message with attachments).
Applications submitted to the OIO are a public record. The OIO publicly releases a short summary of every consent that is granted or declined. However, the OIO may with hold the existence of an application or the information contained in an application in accordance with the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.
Find out more about privacy and confidentiality.
- the relevant land is or includes special land, land on other islands, the foreshore or seabed or the bed of a lake, or adjoins the foreshore or bed of a lake
- the substantial and identifiable benefits criterion (section 16(1)(e)(iii)) applies.
- the relevant land is leasehold (other than pastoral lease land) or the interest being acquired is an interest as mortgagee or encumbrancee, or
- the relevant land does not include any other land of a type listed in Table 1 of Schedule 1 or
- the relevant land does not adjoin land of a type listed in Table 2 of Schedule 1 or
- the only ‘sensitivity’ is that the land is non-urban and more than five hectares.
See the schedule of fees, as well as the current Ministerial designation and delegation letter (attachment below).
The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has written an article for the ‘The Property Lawyer’ magazine offering practical tips and guidelines to improve applications for the best result. The OIO recommends that potential applicants read the article before submitting their next application.
This website provides general information only. The OIO and LINZ do not assume any responsibility for giving legal or other professional advice and disclaim any liability arising from the use of the information. If you require legal or other expert advice you should seek assistance from a professional adviser.