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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Examination of the draft charging schedule took place on 28 January 2016 with a report received from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 24 February 2016. The report concluded that, subject to certain recommended modifications, the draft CIL charging schedule provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in Lichfield District. 

Our Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule was adopted at full council on Tuesday 19 April 2016. The CIL charging schedule came into effect on 13 June 2016. The CIL notice of adoption can be viewed here.

If you are considering buying land for development and/or submitting a planning application in Lichfield District, please be advised that the council adopted its CIL on 19 April 2016 and commenced charging on 13 June 2016.

A CIL charge will apply to all relevant applications determined on or after 13 June 2016 (including those successful on appeal and those where a resolution to grant has been made but a S106 agreement has yet to be finalised), even if they were submitted in advance of this time.

CIL may also apply to lawful development certificates and permitted development, depending on certain circumstances.

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) 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 (as amended) and based on a £ per sqm charge.

How is CIL calculated?

The floor area on which CIL is payable is calculated by measuring the gross internal area (or GIA) of a new development. All new build areas, including garages, are included.

The amount of CIL liable is also dependent on where the development is located within the district, the type of use proposed, the amount of floor space that is being created and the amount that is being lost i.e. through demolition. For information about the CIL rates within your area please refer to the CIL charging schedule below.

What does CIL fund?

Regulation 123 of the Community Infrastructure Levy regulations provides for charging authorities to set out a list of those projects or types of infrastructure that it intends to fund through the levy.

Further Information

More information on the CIL process can be found here.

The below three leaflets provide some helpful information for planning applicants, developers and parish councils and should be read in conjunction with the CIL regulations.

CIL Leaflets

A useful short guide to CIL, which includes a number of examples and a frequently asked questions section, can be found below.

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