What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), was adopted with effect from 1 April 2016.

The CIL is a set charge that you must pay if you receive planning permission for a new house (or houses) or for a home extension or retail development of over 100 sqm. The CIL helps to fund a range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of new development (eg road schemes, schools and community facilities). You may, however, be able to apply for relief or exemption from the CIL.

If your development is liable for CIL, you will need to send us specific forms and notices, at specific times. Failure to do this could result in penalties such as surcharges (up to £2,500), and the loss of any rights to claim instalments or reliefs/exemptions.

We can also take enforcement action to collect outstanding CIL charges. In the most severe cases, this may include stopping development on site or taking court action.

You should seek your own advice if you are in any doubt about how CIL operates or how it affects your own position.

Guidance can be found on the Planning portal or by referring to the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended).

For more information on the CIL process, follow the link below: