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CIL and planning obligations

About the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge which is applied on most new developments. 

The money raised will go towards infrastructure projects within the district that are needed to support development. The types of infrastructure that can be funded by CIL include:

  • Schools
  • Transport
  • Flood defences
  • Health and social care facilities
  • Community facilities
  • Public spaces
  • Open space, including play areas and parks
  • Cultural and sport facilities

Paying the Community Infrastructure Levy

We started charging on 1 April 2020

Developments granted planning permission on or after 1 April 2020 may be liable to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). 

You will need to submit the CIL Additional Information form with your planning application. There are guidance notes here to help

CIL becomes due from commencement of the development.

The landowner is normally the person responsible for paying CIL but anyone can assume liability for payment. Liability can also be shared if there is more than one landowner. 

CIL charging schedule 

CIL is charged in pounds per square metre (£ / m²) on the net additional increase in floorspace. You can work out how much you will have to pay using our CIL Charging Schedule or see the charging zones on a map.

There is a CIL Instalments and Payment in Kind policy which may apply in some circumstances. Our Infrastructure List sets out the types of infrastructure that may benefit from CIL funding and should be read alongside our Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Developments that are liable to pay CIL

Development (including ‘permitted development’) will be liable for CIL if it:

  • Involves a new build of at least 100m² gross internal area (GIA) floorspace; or
  • Involves the creation of one or more dwellings.

Developments that are not liable to pay CIL

Development will not be liable for CIL if it:

  • Involves only change of use, conversion or subdivision of, or creation of mezzanine floors within a building which has been in lawful use for at least six months in the three years prior to the development being permitted and does not create any new build floorspace; or
  • Is for a building into which people do not normally go, or go only intermittently for the purpose of inspecting or maintaining fixed plant or machinery; or
  • Is for a structure which is not a building, such as pylons or wind turbines; or
  • Is for a use which benefits from a zero or nil charge (£ / m²) as set out in our CIL Charging Schedule.

You can read more about developments that are exempt from CIL

Claiming exemption from CIL

If you are extending your own property, adding an annexe to your home, or building a new property to occupy as your main residence you can claim exemption from CIL. 

You can claim whether you are doing the building work yourself or commissioning a builder to do it for you.

Exemption from CIL is not automatic. You must submit a CIL exemption claim form and have it agreed, before starting any work on site. 

If you start work on site before submitting a Commencement Notice, the opportunity to claim relief or exemptions may be lost.

Further guidance on CIL

You can find further information in our Community Infrastructure Levy frequently asked questions document.

The Planning Portal CIL pages also have detailed guidance, as well as the forms you will need.

You may also want to view some examples of how CIL liabilities are calculated.