Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new tariff system that is paid by landowners or developers when new developments are built. It is a transparent and fair way for them to contribute to funding infrastructure to support development in the area. Councils must use CIL receipts to fund, provide, improve, operate or maintain infrastructure.

Once we have introduced CIL in the borough, landowners and developers will have to pay the required amount of CIL 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.

We are in the process of developing a CIL charging schedule for the borough. We held a consultation between 19 January and 1 March 2015 on our initial proposals for CIL rates in the borough, which are set out in the preliminary draft charging schedule. We will be using these comments to inform the preparation of the draft charging schedule.

The preliminary draft charging schedule and supporting documents are available below:

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

For more information, call: 01483 444471 or email:

Timescale for introducing CIL

We must base our CIL on Local Plan development and infrastructure and viability evidence. The timeframe for introducing CIL in the borough follows our new Local Plan Strategy and Sites timetable, set out in the Local Development Scheme timetable.