Use these forms and information sheets to prepare and submit your application .

Apply for consent

This pathway is for people who want to invest in non-residential sensitive land who can show that their investment will, or is likely to, benefit New Zealand.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - sensitive land

This pathway is for people wanting to invest in a significant business asset that will result in the investor having an interest in sensitive land. For example, the land a factory is on.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - sensitive land and significant business asset

This pathway is for people who are intending to move to New Zealand indefinitely and want to invest in sensitive land.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - intention to reside

This pathway is for people and entities who want to invest in New Zealand securities, assets, or businesses valued at more than $100 million.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - significant business assets

Use this pathway to purchase land to plant a forest on or to buy forestry land and continue to operate it with existing arrangements remaining in place.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - special forestry test, one off consent

Use this pathway to purchase land to plant a forest on or to buy forestry land and continue to operate it with existing arrangements remaining in place.
Note: Before applying for a standing consent, you must have a pre-application meeting with us.
Pre-application meetings

Pre-application checklist:

Apply special forestry test, standing consent

This pathway is for investors who wish to use the land only for forestry activities and cannot implement or maintain existing arrangements relating to the land, such as agreements for public access.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - modified benefit test for forestry

This pathway is for investors wanting to increase the supply of housing, invest in a business that uses land for non-residential purposes and/or invest in business that uses land incidentally for residential purposes.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - residential land development, one-off

This pathway is for investors wanting to increase the supply of housing, invest in a business that uses land for non-residential purposes and/or invest in business that uses land incidentally for residential purposes.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - residential land development, standing consent

This pathway is for people who want to buy one home in New Zealand to live in.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - one home to live in

This pathway is for people who want to buy apartments off the plans as investments and not live in them.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - apartments off the plans

This pathway is for investors who want to acquire fishing quota or an interest in fishing quota. You can’t apply online for a fishing quota. If you wish to apply under this pathway, please contact us.

Contact the Overseas Investment Office

Apply for a variation

You can apply to change the wording of an existing consent, vary special conditions – including time extensions to comply with conditions – or revoke conditions of consent where consent would no longer be required. If you are seeking a variation to an exemption that was granted, contact us before you apply.

Contact the Overseas Investment Office

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - variation

Apply for an exemption

In certain circumstances, you can seek exemption from the requirement for consent. Legislation limits the power to grant discretionary exemptions and in many cases a consent application will be more appropriate. If you are seeking an exemption, contact us about it before you apply online.

Contact the Overseas Investment Office

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - discretionary exemption

Developers constructing large apartment developments can apply for an exemption certificate, which allows them to sell up to 60% of the apartments in the development to overseas people as investment properties. The overseas people do not need to apply for consent to buy these apartments.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - exemption certificate

You can seek an exemption from the definition of non-New Zealand government investor for the purposes of section 20A of the Act. The power to grant these exemptions is entirely discretionary. If you are seeking an exemption, contact us about it before you apply online.

Contact the Overseas Investment Office

Pre-application checklist:

Apply – exemption from definition of non-New Zealand government investor

Apply for standalone investor approval

The standalone investor test is used to assess your suitability as an investor before you make an investment application.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply – standalone investor test

Last Updated: 13 September 2021