What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tariff upon development which local authorities can charge in order to raise funds to contribute to the delivery of new infrastructure, which arises as a result of development in an area.

This could be sports and recreation facilities, transport initiatives and improvements to public realm. It is important to understand that the amount of CIL raised will not cover all of the funding required to pay for new infrastructure, but will be part of a wider package of finance measures which will come from a range of sources.

The CIL works by charging a set rate per square metre of eligible development involving a net increase of 100 square metres and above of floor space.

The Council submitted the draft CIL charging schedule for examination in August 2017 and the examination hearing was held on 1st November 2017.  On 13th February the council received the Final Report on the Examination of the CIL draft charging schedule.  The final charging schedule was adopted a full council on 17th July 2018 and charging commenced on 1st August 2018.

A CIL charge will apply to all relevant applications determined on or after 1st August 2018 (including those successful on appeal and those where a resolution to grant has been made but a S106 agreement has yet to be finalised), even if they were submitted in advance of this time.

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