Community Infrastructure Levy

What is the community infrastructure levy?

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can choose to charge on new development in their area.

CIL is a charge levied on new buildings and extensions according to their floor area. The money raised will help to fund infrastructure to ensure that the borough grows in a sustainable manner. Examples of such infrastructure include:

  • Schools
  • Health and community facilities
  • Leisure centres

The levy will largely replace the existing system of Section 106 planning obligations except for site mitigation measures and affordable housing provision.

It is up to each council to produce a community infrastructure levy charging schedule, which sets out the rates and areas in the borough that will be subject to the levy. The amount of CIL payable relates to the size, type and location of the new development.

In addition to a local CIL which is charged by local authorities to fund infrastructure in their area, the Mayor of London also charges CIL on development to fund the delivery of Crossrail.

Further information about the local and Mayoral CIL is available in the pages below.