Community Infrastructure Levy

About the Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. Development may be liable for a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), if your local planning authority has chosen to set a charge in its area.

Most new development which creates net additional floor space of 100 square metres or more, or creates a new dwelling, is potentially liable for the levy.

Some developments may be eligible for relief or exemption from the Community Infrastructure Levy. Please note that strict requirements apply with regard to the timing of the exemption process and you should refer to the guidance highlighted below for details.  In most cases a Commencement Notice (form 6) must also be served prior to the commencement of development, in order for the exemption to apply.

Detailed CIL guidance is available on the Planning Practice Guidance website.

Information on CIL Appeals and CIL Examinations is available on 

Contact Information

If you have any legislation or policy questions about the Community Infrastructure Levy you can contact the Department for Communities and Local Government.