Planning obligations

Community infrastructure levy

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) 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 View the CIL notice of adoption.

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.

Note on the Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

In light of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, we will be accepting requests for temporary payment deferrals from small to medium sized developers (SMEs) with an annual turnover not exceeding £45 million. Any such SME who is (i) experiencing financial difficulties because of the effects of coronavirus and (ii) having difficulty paying an amount of CIL (whether by instalment or otherwise) which is due (required to be paid) during the period starting on 22 July 2020, and ending on 31 July 2021, may make a request.

If you wish to apply for a payment deferral, please email the following information no sooner than 14 days prior to the payment due date, or as soon as practicable after the payment is due:

  • a written request including the planning reference and site address
  • a copy of the demand notice
  • evidence of annual turnover, including the last set of accounts, and management accounts for the current trading year, from an accountant/auditor/director
  • a declaration expressing financial difficulties for reasons connected to the effects of coronavirus resulting in difficulty paying that amount, signed by the director and company finance officer/auditor

For further information, please email our CIL team view the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Infrastructure Levy guidance on the government website.

Note on the CIL Regulation 123 List

The requirement for the council to maintain a CIL Regulation 123 list has been removed following the enactment of the new CIL Regulations on 1 September 2019.

Therefore the CIL Regulation 123 list is now to be used as an informative document on how infrastructure may and will be delivered and funded in Lichfield District through CIL income and section 106 planning obligations. The council's CIL Regulation 123 list will be replaced by the council's new Infrastructure Funding Statement by 31 December 2020.

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

Infrastrucutre funding statement & community infrastructure levy annual reports

Infrastrucutre funding statement

Infrastructure funding statement 2020 (for the 2019/20 reporting year)

LDC annual report

Annual reports of our CIL income and spending are provided here. You can view the reports:

Town and parish council annual CIL reports

Parish councils must also provide an annual report of their neighbourhood receipts and expenditure. These should be published on the parish council websites. Links and copies may be published below, for the latest year (current reporting year 2019/20), as they are available:

Parish council reports