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:

When submitting a planning application for new retail or residential development you should also include Form 1: CIL Additional Information and, ideally, a CIL Form 2: Assumption of Liability. This will enable the council to determine whether the proposal is liable to pay CIL and calculate the CIL liability.

 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. The council may default Liability where no CIL form 2: Assumption of Liability form is received.

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.

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, the following forms must be submitted to the council

Form 6 will notify the council when the chargeable development is to be commenced to allow us to collect the CIL payable. Form 6 must be submitted before the chargeable development commences and in addition to any notice regarding Building Regulations and Planning Compliance. This form needs to be returned by no later than one day before development is to be commenced.

The following is a useful link to identify what can be considered commencement on site

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 your responsibility to notify us if there is a change in the party liable to pay CIL. This can be done by submitting either of the following forms

A CIL form 3: Withdrawal of Assumption of Liability form can only be accepted prior to commencement. If the development has commenced, Liability can only be transferred through a completed CIL form 4: Transfer of Liability.

From commencement, liability can be transferred any time up to the date the final payment is due.

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.

Stage 5: Payment

Optional: Relief and exemptions

If you intend to claim a self build exemption for a whole dwelling, you need to complete 'Form 7: Self Build Exemption Claim Part 1' - and obtain approval before commencing development and follow this up with supplementary information in 'Form 7: Self Build Exemption Claim Part 2' - within 6 months of completion.

If you intend to claim an exemption for a residential annex or extension, you will need to complete either ‘Form 8: Self Build Residential Annex Exemption Claim’ – or ‘Form 9: Self Build Residential Extension Claim’ – and obtain approval before commencing development.