The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) process

How to apply

All applications will need to submit with their planning application:

  • CIL additional information form
  • Existing and proposed floor plans

If there is a CIL charge the following forms will also be required:

  • A completed copy of the planning contribution and CIL liability calculation sheet

  • Assumption of liability form

  • Calculations of any additional floor space

If planning permission is granted for a CIL liable application we will then issue a liability notice setting out how much CIL is payable, including indexation at the date planning permission was granted.

Before commencing development of a CIL liable scheme you must submit the following:

  • Assumption of liability form

  • Commencement notice – this sets out the date that development will commence. As set out in the CIL Regulations, failure to submit a prior CIL commencement notice will invalidate any exemption or relief granted and will also require payment in full immediately

  • Relevant exemption form. You must wait for a letter confirming that any claim has been granted before commencing work

For the avoidance of doubt, commencement of demolition of an existing structure (s) covering any part of the footprint of the proposed structure (s) would be considered as commencement.

Planning liability forms

Please note: you will need to open the excel spreadsheet, select ‘Enable Editing’ then ‘Enable Content’, and save a copy before completing.

All other forms can be found on the Planning Portal site:

  • Form 1: Assumption of liability notice

  • Form 2: Claiming exemption or relief

  • Form 3: Withdrawal of assumption of liability

  • Form 4: Transfer of assumed liability

  • Form 5: Notice of chargeable development

  • Form 6: Commencement notice

  • Form 7: Self build exemption claim form - Part 1

  • Form 7: Self build exemption claim form - Part 2. To be submitted within six months of completing the home. Please note that if this evidence is not submitted to the Council within six months, the full levy becomes payable.

  • Form 8: Self build residential annex exemption claim form

  • Form 9: Self build residential extension exemption claim form

  • CIL Additional information form – to submit with planning application

All completed forms should be returned via email to:

Paying CIL

Once development commences we will issue a demand notice for payment.

Our instalment policy is as follows:

  • CIL of under £12,500 due at 90 days after commencement

  • CIL of between £12,500 and £50,000 two equal instalments at 90 and 180 days after commencement

  • CIL of over £50,000 three equal instalments at 90, 180 and 270 days after commencement

Details of how to pay will be included with the demand notice.

If you fail to make the required CIL payment or to complete the required forms at the correct point in the process, you may be liable to enforcement action which could result in the loss of any exemption, additional surcharges or interest and/or prosecution. CIL liability is held as a charge on land. If CIL is not paid you may have difficulty selling your land or property.

Appeals can be lodged against elements of the CIL collection process. You can appeal against the decision reached relating to your CIL liability. Appeals must be made within 60 days of the liability notice being issued and appeals can only be made after a formal request to recalculate the CIL amount. See guidance note below for further detail.

CIL appeals guidance note 

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