Community infrastructure levy

CIL is a local charge that local authorities in England and Wales can choose to charge on new developments in their area to fund infrastructure

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

Most new developments which create net additional floor space of 100 square metres or more, or create a new dwelling, are potentially liable for the levy. CIL charges largely replace Section 106 planning obligations.

Section 106s won't be phased out entirely

Affordable housing will continue to be delivered through Section 106 agreements rather than CIL. Section 106 contributions, or provision by Section 106 will be required to mitigate the impact of the development. For example, if there isn't sufficient open and play space to meet policy requirements onsite, an offsite contribution to improve facilities nearby may be sought.

CIL monitoring and reporting

We produce an annual report containing information on how much CIL is collected, spent, and retained in the financial year, which you can download below.

Icon for pdf CIL monitoring report 2016-17 [350.67KB]

Will I have to pay CIL, and if so, how much?

In general terms, if a planning application includes residential (classes C3 and C4) or retail (classes A1 to A5), then it may be liable to pay CIL.

Icon for pdf CIL Charging Schedule [2.67MB]
Icon for pdf CIL Instalments Policy [68.03KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Payment in Kind Policy [83.5KB]

We do not require submission of CIL forms for householder planning applications for extensions and alterations, so long as the proposed changes do not result in the creation of a new dwelling.

How are CIL charges calculated?

CIL liability is calculated using the gross internal area (GIA) of the floorspace of all liable buildings and multiplying this by the charge for that use type as stated in our Icon for pdf CIL Charging Schedule [2.67MB]. GIA includes:

  • internal walls
  • service areas
  • lift rooms
  • plant rooms etc

Liable floorspace includes all floors of a building, but excludes things like open balconies, and open fire escapes.

CIL charging zones

You can use our gross internal area (GIA) of the floorspace to view the CIL charging zones A-D as well as the CIL commercial and retail zone in Folkestone town centre.

Development sites where Section 106s apply rather than CIL

As per our Core Strategy Local Plan, the following strategic and key development sites are charged using Section 106 planning obligations rather than CIL.

Icon for pdf Folkestone Harbour and Seafront (Core Strategy Local Plan Policy SS6) [636.6KB]
Icon for pdf Shorncliffe Garrison (Core Strategy Local Plan Policy SS7) [1.21MB]
Icon for pdf App4 - Core Strategy LP policy CSD8 [382.36KB]
Icon for pdf Sellindge (Core Strategy Local Plan Policy CSD9) [324.01KB]

Payment in kind to cover a CIL liability

The CIL regulations provide a local authority with the discretion to accept land, buildings or infrastructure payments, as all or part of a CIL payment due in respect of a liable development.

We've decided to operate this discretionary policy, subject to the provisions of the CIL Regulations and our Icon for pdf Payment in Kind Policy [83.5KB].

CIL and planning applications

Use our pre-application advice service to identify if your development is CIL liable.

The Planning Portal provides comprehensive guidance on the process of applying for planning permission where CIL applies.

Supplement this with the comprehensive guidance provided by GOV.UK.

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