Planning obligations

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), is a planning obligation that helps local councils to deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. CIL came into effect for Lichfield District Council on 13 June 2016.

CIL is a standard, non-negotiable charge applicable to any development that involves either a net increase of 100 square metres of floor space, or the creation of one or more dwellings.

For information on our CIL process, please find out more on our CIL process webpage.

For CIL enquiries, please contact the CIL team.

CIL funding

Collected CIL monies are split into strategic CIL funds, CIL parish/town council funds, Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) funds, and CIL administration funds. 

Cannock Chase SAC funds are a mitigation method for the Lichfield district. For information on SAC funds, please see our other obligations webpage.

Parish/town councils receive a percentage of CIL collected in their area of either 15% if there is no neighbourhood plan, or 25% if there is an adopted neighbourhood plan. This money can then be spent by the parish council on infrastructure projects, and is referred to as ‘neighbourhood CIL’. For information on CIL parish/town council funds, please contact the relevant parish council.

The strategic CIL fund is the remainder of the collected CIL monies that can be used for strategic infrastructure in the district. Groups and organisations looking to deliver infrastructure projects within the district can bid for strategic CIL funding to help pay for the project.

CIL administration funds require 5% of CIL monies received be retained for administrative fees.

CIL bidding 2021/22

We are pleased to launch a bidding round for the strategic community infrastructure levy fund for projects that focus investment in large infrastructure projects. We would like to encourage expressions of interest from organisations that are responsible for strategic infrastructure delivery.

The expression of interest form contains a copy of the scoring criteria, which all bids for strategic CIL funding will be assessed against. The criteria will help determine how well the proposed strategic infrastructure projects deliver benefits to the district.

The CIL guidance for applicants and the allocating and spending CIL additional guidance documents also includes guidance for potential bidders. We strongly advise all applicants read the guidance within the application pack before completing an application form.

A bid is unlikely to be successful unless it can be reasonably demonstrated that the proposal could deliver a project which is inherently strategic. For clarity, strategic infrastructure refers to facilities or services serving a wide area that may relate to part of the district, the whole district or beyond. It may be needed where broader strategies are required to accommodate the cumulative impacts of growth.

Smaller scale projects may wish to contact local parishes/town councils with regards to neighbourhood CIL funding, which is intended to help address the demands of a new development locally. It is therefore distributed and spent at a local level to help smaller scale projects. It is a great opportunity for communities to access funding to support local projects and initiatives in their area.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by emailing development plans by 5pm on 1 October 2021

CIL reporting

Any local authority that has received developer contributions, which includes CIL, is required to publish an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement. Please see our Infrastructure Funding Statement webpage for more details.

Parish/town councils who receive CIL funds are required to prepare an annual financial report, recording information about the CIL funds received for the monitoring year.  The data from these reports can be found in our parish/town council neighbourhood CIL report.