Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) process

Stage 4: Applying for relief/exemption (applicant) and determining relief (council)

In some cases, developments may be eligible for relief or exemption from CIL. This is not automatically applied by us. You must make an application using the relevant forms and by submitting supporting information and/or evidence.

How to apply for relief/exemption (applicant) and determining relief (council)

  • To apply for relief/exemption, you must have assumed liability for paying CIL on the chargeable development and you must apply for relief before development commences. Failure to do so means that we cannot issue relief or exemption
  • Other conditions apply in relation to relief and exemptions

Information on relief and exemptions:

Determining relief and exemptions 

  • We will consider your application for relief/exemption; if this is approved, we will issue a revised CIL liability notice
  • If relief is refused, we will write to let you know. You can appeal our decision through the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
  • Subject to relief being granted, we will record the details of the relief on the Land Charges Register.

Disqualifying events

  • Relief will be subject to clawback for a set period, meaning that if a disqualifying event occurs, then CIL will be payable
  • For example, if a social/affordable housing dwelling, having received relief, is sold within seven years as a market house, CIL will be due immediately. Similarly, if a residential annex, which has received exemption, is sold or let separately to the main residential property within three years, then CIL will be due immediately
  • Use the links to the relief and exemption pages above to view further information on disqualifying events.