Use our application forms, templates and information sheets to prepare and submit a complete application.

Online application forms launched

We would prefer all new applications be submitted using the online application webforms. However, if you have nearly completed an application in our former Word templates and would like to submit these to us, please email oio@linz.govt.nz so that we can guide you through the process. This option will be available until Friday, 30 April 2021.

Apply for consent

Benefit to New Zealand – land only

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
Benefit to New Zealand, including a significant business asset

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
Intention to reside

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
Significant business asset

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
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.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - special forestry test, one off consent

Special forestry test - standing 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

Modified benefit test for forestry

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
Residential land development - one-off consent

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
Residential land development - standing consent

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
One home to live in

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
Apartments off the plans

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
Developers seeking exemption certificate

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
Fishing quota
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 us - fishing quota

Apply for a variation

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.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - variation

Apply for a discretionary exemption

Discretionary exemption

You can seek exemption from the requirement for consent. The power to grant discretionary exemptions is limited 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.

Pre-application checklist:

Apply - discretionary exemption
Last Updated: 7 April 2021