The Act requires that farm land, or interests in farm land, are offered on the open market to people in New Zealand before an overseas person may enter into an agreement to acquire it.
If you require an exemption from the farm land offer criterion, or if you intend to rely on a standing exemption, we recommend that you contact us prior to applying for an exemption under section 20 of the Act.
Read about farm land advertising exemptions here.
When to complete this form
Use this form if you require an exemption from the farm land offer criterion.
Information about this application
The information requested in this form can be given by you or by one of your representatives, such as a solicitor. Our preference is that the person with the best knowledge of the matter provides the information.
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.
We may contact you to clarify or seek further 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.
Please be concise and use plain English when completing the application.
The OIO may use relevant legislation to share details of this application with other agencies as required to complete the application process, to the extent permitted by law.
The OIO will publish details of the exemption and reasons for granting the application unless there are good reasons to withhold the information under the Official Information Act 1982.
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 farm land advertising exemption under section 20.
- A signed Signature for application for exemption form must be uploaded before you submit the application.
- Evidence and documents such as:
- Record of Title (search and historical copy for each title generated within the last three months)
- Map of the locale and approximate location of the relevant land
- Cadastral map and aerial photo clearly identifying the relevant land
- Planning map from the relevant territorial authority (clearly mark the relevant land)
- 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.
Fee, payment and timeframe
If your application can be accepted, an invoice will be sent for the assessment fee from the Overseas Investment Office to the specified contact person.
You can find information about the assessment timeframe here.
- We will start to process your application when we receive all the information we need, and the full and correct application fee.
- The OIO will not refund fees if an application is withdrawn, declined or the OIO finds that no application was required.