Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on 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. (see the Council's Planning Contributions SPD)  

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.

Timescale for introducing CIL

The timescale for introducing CIL in the borough, as set out in the Local Development Scheme (LDS) timetable is under review. We anticipate that the LDS will be updated in the first half of 2020 to reflect updated timescales. We will communicate regarding future consultation on any new draft charging schedule in due course.   

Informing CIL charges

We must base our CIL on Local Plan development and infrastructure and CIL rates are informed by viability evidence. The Local Plan and CIL Viability Study (2016) and the Local Plan Viability Study Update (2017) were prepared as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan. 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Whilst out of date, the preliminary draft charging schedule and supporting documents are available below: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:

Last updated: 5 December 2019 11:45 AM