Community Infrastructure Levy information

Pages in Community Infrastructure Levy information

  1. 1. You are here: What is CIL?
  2. 2. Guidance for Applicants
  1. 3. Preparation and approval of our CIL Charging Schedule
  2. 4. Spending and Receipts

1. What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can set on new development in order to raise funds to help fund the infrastructure, facilities and services - such as schools or transport improvements - which are needed to support new homes and businesses in the areas.

The Council formally approved its CIL Charging Schedule and supporting policies in February 2016 and charging commenced on 1 April 2016. All relevant developments that receive planning permission on or after this date will be liable for CIL. This includes applications which were registered prior to the adoption of CIL and those granted at appeal even where the appeal was lodged prior to the adoption of CIL.

The following documents set out the Council's CIL charging regime:

  • CIL charging schedule - which sets out the charges which will be applied to different types of development
  • Instalments policy - which sets out when the Council will expect CIL payments to be made
  • Payment in kind policy - which sets out the circumstances in which the Council may allow developers to provide land or a piece of infrastructure in lieu of all or part of their CIL payment
  • Regulation 123 list - which identifies the broad types of infrastructure which the Council intends to fund using CIL

Planning obligations (known as "s106 agreements") will continue to operate alongside CIL but will be scaled back to site specific matters. The Developer Contributions SPD was formally adopted on 21st April 2016. 

Affordable housing contributions will still be required alongside CIL, in accordance with the Council's Affordable Housing SPD.