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When to complete this form
Use this form if all of the following apply to you:
  • You wish to buy or build a home in New Zealand on residential land
    • Residential land is sensitive land with a property category of 'residential' or 'lifestyle'. Check the property category of the land you wish to purchase at www.propertyvalue.co.nz.
    • It also includes a residential flat in a building owned by a flat-owning company, regardless of whether the building is on land within a property category of residential or lifestyle. And for that purpose, reference to interest in the Overseas Investment 2005 includes licence to occupy. Check the definition of 'residential land' under Section 6 Interpretation of the Overseas Investment Act 2005.
    • Residential land can also be otherwise sensitive. For example, rural land (including lifestyle blocks) larger than 5 hectares, and some coastal land. Sensitive land is defined in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Overseas Investment Act 2005.
    • It is an offence to buy land that is sensitive without consent, and you may be fined or receive a penalty. You should seek legal advice if you are in any doubt about the type of land you wish to buy.
  • You have a New Zealand resident or permanent resident visa, or are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or Singapore
  • You are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand. 'Ordinarily resident in New Zealand' means that you
    • have been living in New Zealand for at least 12 months
    • have been physically present in New Zealand for at least 183 days of those 12 months)
    • hold a New Zealand residence class visa (or are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or Singapore), and
    • are a New Zealand tax resident.
  • The home will be bought in your name, or the name of you and other people
  • You will live in the house as your main home.

You will need the following to complete the application

If you are submitting a residential only application, you will need:

If you are submitting an application for consent to buy otherwise sensitive land to live in, you must also:

  • Provide us with evidence to show you have sufficient knowledge, experience and financial commitment to buy the land. Acceptable evidence might include financial approval for a mortgage, evidence of previous home ownership, evidence that you have a professional advisor such as a lawyer, or evidence that you have incurred due diligence costs.
  • Tell us anything that may impact the ability of all the people applying for consent to meet the requirements of being of 'good character'. For example, if you or an entity in which any of you had a 25% or more ownership or control interest have committed an offence or broken the law, you must tell us what happened and provide any supporting information, such as court documents.

Fees and payment

The fee for this application is NZD $2,040.00 including GST for an individual(s).

You will receive an invoice from the office if you are buying residential land that is otherwise sensitive.

The fee can be paid by credit card when you submit your application, or you can choose to pay the fee by invoice after submitting the application.

The OIO does not have the power to exempt, waive, discount or refund fees.

The OIO will not refund fees if an application is withdrawn, consent is declined or the OIO finds that no consent was required.

We will start to process your application when we receive all the information we need, and the full and correct application fee. Our standard processing timeframe for residential only land is up to 10 working days.


Saving draft applications

You may want to save a draft to return to later. To do this, you will first need to create an account with us using the log in button in the menu above.
After you are logged in you will see a Save draft button at the bottom of each online form step.
There will be a Draft submissions button in the menu at the top of the page to access previously saved drafts.

When to complete this form

Click here for information about variations of consent or conditions.

Use this form if you are seeking to do one or more of the following:
  • Change the wording of an existing consent
  • Vary special conditions (including time extensions to comply with conditions)
  • Revoke conditions of consent where consent would no longer be required due to changes to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 made by the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 i.e. the 'automatic standing consents' in Schedule 1AA.

If you are seeking a variation to an exemption that was granted, please contact us about it before applying.


Information about this application

The information in this application will be relied upon by the decision-maker. It is important that you provide us with accurate and complete information. It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement or material omission in any information or document provided to the Overseas Investment Office under Section 46.

The OIO may use relevant legislation to share details of this application with other agencies to the extent permitted by law and as required to complete the application process.

Please be concise and use plain English when completing the application.

Tables, diagrams, maps, schedules etc should be uploaded as appendices to your application.

You will need the following to complete the application
  • Original consent details
  • Fee
  • Evidence and documents such as:
    • Documentation showing changes to the Consent Holder
    • Passports of new key individual(s) in colour
    • Marked up version of the original consent showing requested variation(s)
    • Any other relevant documentation in support of your application

Download this document for a full list of questions and documents you need for this application.


Fees and payment

The fee for this application is NZD $13,000.00 including GST.

You will receive an invoice from the office following your application.

The OIO does not have the power to exempt, waive, discount or refund fees.

The OIO will not refund fees if an application is withdrawn, declined or the OIO finds that no application was required.

We will start to process your application when we receive all the information we need, and the full and correct application fee.

Our standard processing timeframe for a variation application is up to 40 working days.


Saving draft applications

You may want to save a draft to return to later, register an account through the log in button in the menu above.
After you are logged in you will see a Save draft button at the bottom of each online form step.
There will be a draft submissions button at the top of the page to access previously saved drafts.

The power to grant discretionary exemptions is limited and in many cases a consent application will be more appropriate. We strongly recommend that you contact us prior to applying for a discretionary exemption under section 61D of the Act.

When to complete this form

Click here for information about discretionary exemptions.

Use this form if you are seeking an exemption from:

Information about this application

The information in this application will be relied upon by the decision-maker. It is important that you provide us with accurate and complete information. It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement or material omission in any information or document provided to the Overseas Investment Office under Section 46.

The OIO may use relevant legislation to share details of this application with other agencies to the extent permitted by law and as required to complete the application process.

Please be concise and use plain English when completing the application.

Tables, diagrams, maps, schedules etc should be uploaded as appendices to your application.

You will need the following to complete the application
  • Information about the exemption you seek, including the reason for requesting the exemption and details of any transaction, investor, interests, rights or assets the exemption would apply to.
  • An understanding of the criteria for a discretionary exemption under section 61E and the purpose of an exemption under section 61B of the Act.
  • A signed Applicant Declaration for exemption application must be uploaded before you submit the application.
  • Fee.
  • Evidence and documents such as:
    • A diagram to explain the transaction
    • Passports of all key individual(s) in colour
    • Transaction agreements without redaction (e.g. Agreement for Sale and Purchase)
    • Record of Title of land involved
    • Structure diagram of the entity showing ultimate ownership (simplified and full, and pre & post transaction)
    • Certificate(s) of incorporation
    • Formation documents (e.g. trust deeds, constitutions)
    • Latest financial accounts (audited where applicable) and annual report(s)
    • Any other relevant documentation in support of your application

Download this document for a full list of questions and documents you need for this application.


Fees and payment

The fee for this application is NZD $25,500.00 including GST.

You will receive an invoice from the office following your application.

The OIO does not have the power to exempt, waive, discount or refund fees.

The OIO will not refund fees if an application is withdrawn, declined or the OIO finds that no application was required.

We will start to process your application when we receive all the information we need, and the full and correct application fee.

Our standard processing timeframe for an exemption application is up to 50 working days.


Saving draft applications

You may want to save a draft to return to later, register an account through the log in button in the menu above.
After you are logged in you will see a Save draft button at the bottom of each online form step.
There will be a draft submissions button at the top of the page to access previously saved drafts.

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.


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Benefit to New Zealand - land only

This pathway is for people who:

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


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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, e.g. the land a factory is on.


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Intention to reside

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


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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.


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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: You must have a pre-application meeting with us before applying for a standing consent.


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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.


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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 a business that uses land incidentally for residential purposes.


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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 a business that uses land incidentally for residential purposes.


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Fishing quota

This pathway is for investors who want to acquire fishing quota or an interest in fishing quota. Please contact us before you complete this application form.


 

Note

Please contact us to discuss before proceeding with this application.


 

Apartments off the plans

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


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Developers seeking exemption certificate

Developers constructing large apartment developments can apply for an exemption certificate, which allows them to sell up to 60 per cent 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.


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Online form last updated 8 April 2021.