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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on liable new development that would be paid by landowners or developers when new developments are built. It can assist in delivering infrastructure to support development.

CIL is not currently in place in Guildford and developer contributions toward infrastructure are primarily secured through s106 agreements. For more information please see the Planning Contributions Supplementary Planning Document.

Once we have introduced CIL in the borough, landowners and developers will have to pay the required amount of CIL as specified in an adopted charging schedule when they build their new buildings or extensions. CIL is non-negotiable, but there are certain exceptions, such as affordable housing and developments by charities and those used for charitable purposes.

The amount to be paid is based on the net floor area of a new building or extension, and its use. It will apply to most new buildings and extensions over 100sqm gross, and to new homes regardless of their floor area.

Timescale for introducing CIL

The Council plan to undertake further viability work during 2021 to support the preparation of a draft charging schedule (DCS) for consultation. At this stage, it is anticipated that a DCS will be published for consultation in the second half of 2021, with submission for examination to follow. We will communicate regarding future consultation and any updated timescales toward CIL adoption in due course.   

Viability evidence and historical processes

The Local Plan and CIL Viability Study (2016) and the Local Plan Viability Study Update (2017) were prepared as part of the viability evidence base for the Local Plan strategy and sites (2015 - 2034). The former study included recommendations for CIL charging and rates.  

Prior to these viability studies, the Council held a consultation between 19 January and 1 March 2015 on our initial proposals for CIL rates in the borough, which were set out in a preliminary draft charging schedule. 

Whilst out of date, the preliminary draft charging schedule and supporting documents are available on our historical evidence page.

You can see all the comments raised at this stage on the Planning Policy Consultations page.

For more information, call: 01483 444471 or email: planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk.