Planning obligations

Community infrastructure levy

The community infrastructure levy helps local councils deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It is a charge on development, calculated on a £ per square metre (sq.m) basis of  the development.

CIL is intended to be used to help fund infrastructure to support the development of an area rather than making an individual planning application acceptable in planning terms, which is the purpose of Section 106 Agreements. CIL does not fully replace Section 106 Agreements

CIL came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. Shortly afterwards, our Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule was adopted at full council on Tuesday 19 April 2016, and came into effect on 13 June 2016. The CIL notice of adoption can be viewed here.

Examination of our 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.

The amount of CIL liable is 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. 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. For information about the CIL rates within your area please download the CIL charging schedule

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. To find out more download the Lichfield community infrastructure levy regulation 123 list.

If you are considering buying land for development and/or submitting a planning application in Lichfield District, please be advised that a CIL charge will apply to all relevant applications (including those successful on appeal and those where a resolution to grant has been made but a S106 agreement has yet to be finalised). CIL may also apply to lawful development certificates and permitted development, depending on certain circumstances.

Read our CIL process guide for developers