CIL process and forms

An explanation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) process can be found on the Planning Portal - Community Infrastructure Levy.

It is recommended that applicants refer to these pages prior to making a planning application for development.

All forms can be downloaded from via the Planning Portal - Community Infrastructure Levy Forms.

Please note that due to the update in the CIL Regulations which was implemented 1 September 2019, new CIL forms have been added and/or names updated.

Please also be aware that should you be liable for CIL and fail to pay the liable amount by the due date, surcharges and interest according to the regulations may be incurred.

Further information

Stage 1:

Applications for full planning permission, reserved matters following an outline planning permission and Lawful Development Certificates must submit the following form:

The CIL Planning Application Additional Information Requirement

Your planning application will not be validated if the CIL Additional Information Form is not submitted with floor space details fully completed.

If it is known at this point who the person or party is that will be paying the CIL charge, you should also submit an Assumption of Liability Form CIL Form 2: Assumption of Liability otherwise this form will be required upon the decision of your application.

If you wish to claim exemption from the CIL charge, you must submit the correct exemption form after submitting a CIL Form 2: Assumption of Liability. Please go to the ‘Exemption or Relief’ page for further information.

Stage 2: Planning Permission is Granted

As soon as is practicable after planning permission first permits development, the council will issue you with a Liability Notice. The Liability Notice will set out how much CIL is payable at the point the chargeable development is commenced. It is not a demand for payment. Once a Liability Notice is issued, the CIL charge will be registered on the local Land Charges Register as a “general financial charge”. This is so that if the land or property is sold with planning permission in place, the CIL liability will be apparent to potential purchasers.

If applicants consider the amount has been incorrectly calculated they can request that the Council re-calculates it. If, on recalculation, applicants still consider the amount is incorrect, they can appeal the decision.

Stage 3: Before commencing development

Prior to the commencement of the CIL liable development, two forms our required to be submitted to the council, these are:

This form confirms to the Council who will be liable for paying the CIL charge relating to the development. This must be submitted prior to the commencement of development. However, the Council recommends that this form is submitted as soon as possible in the application process, ideally alongside the planning application.

This form lets the Council know when development is going to commence and will form the basis of the dates that your CIL payments become due. This form needs to be returned by no later than one day before development is to be commenced. This form is in additional to any notice regarding Building Regulations and Planning Compliance.

Section 56: Commencement 'material operation'.

Please note that if these forms are not submitted prior to the commencement of development, penalty surcharges may apply, and the person liable to pay the CIL charge loses the right to pay by instalments.

Stage 4: Commencement of Development

Following receipt of a valid 'CIL Form 6 - Commencement Notice', the council will then issue a Demand Notice to the person who has assumed liability to pay CIL. The Demand Notice will set out the precise details of the amount of CIL payable and payment options (including where CIL can be paid in instalments in accordance with the council’s Instalment Policy).

It is also the person who assumed liability’s responsibility to notify us if there is a change in the party liable to pay CIL which can be done by submitting one of the following two forms:

Once development commences, the assumption of liability can be transferred but not withdrawn. From commencement, liability can be transferred any time up to the date the final payment is due.

The CIL Instalments Policy sets out details of how payments can be made in instalments. This can be viewed on our CIL Calculation of Charges page.

Where a commencement notice is not received and work starts, the Council can determine the deemed commencement date and re-calculate CIL liability to add applicable surcharges before issuing the Demand Notice. In addition, the right to pay by instalments is withdrawn and payment is due in full and immediately.

Where no-one assumes liability to pay CIL, the liability will automatically default to the owners of the relevant land and payment becomes due immediately on commencement of the development.

Stage 5: Payment

If payment is not made by the due date, we may impose penalty surcharges and late payment interest will be payable.

Once we have received the final CIL payment, the CIL charge will be removed from the Land Charges Register, unless relief has been granted. In these situations, the CIL charge will remain on the Land Charges Register for however long is required, in the event of a disqualifying event occurring (7 years for charitable or social housing relief, 3 years for self-build homes and annexes exemption).