Planning application guide

The Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy: Are you affected?

The Mayor of London introduced a London-wide Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) applicable to developments consented on or after 1 April 2012.

CIL is a charge that local authorities and the Mayor of London can set on new development to help pay for community infrastructure. It is intended that the Mayoral CIL will raise £300m towards the delivery of Crossrail.

Community Infrastructure Levy liability

London boroughs act as collecting authorities on behalf of the Mayor, and in Royal Greenwich the Mayoral CIL Charge has been set at £35 per square metre of net additional floorspace. This charge is applicable to developments that consist of buildings people normally visit, where:

  • 100 square metres or more of gross internal floor area is added to existing floor area, including residential properties 
  • a new dwelling is created, even where the additional floor area is below 100 square metres.

The gross floor area of any existing buildings that are to be demolished would be deducted from the final CIL liability. CIL does not apply to:

  • buildings that people only visit occasionally, for example a plant that is visited only occasionally for inspections 
  • development that does not consist of buildings.

Social housing and floorspace to be used for charitable purposes are also exempt from paying the CIL.

To enable the Royal Borough of Greenwich to determine the CIL liability of your application, you will need to complete the Community Infrastructure Levy planning application additional information requirement form as part of your formal submission.

Please note that your planning application will not be validated until the additional information requirement form is completed correctly and returned. 

Where a development is found to be liable for CIL a liability notice will be issued detailing the CIL charge.

Payment of the charge will need to be made in accordance with a strict timetable upon commencement of the development, and there will be penalties for non-compliance.