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Community Infrastructure Levy Implementation

What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (called ‘the levy’ or ‘CIL’) allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The funds raised will go towards infrastructure that is needed to support the growth of the district, such as schools and transport improvements.

CIL is applied as a charge on each square metre of new building, and will be payable by most residential and retail developments in Tandridge. It replaces a number of existing Section 106 contributions. Planning obligations will continue to be used for the provision of affordable housing and site specific requirements.

When will it come into effect?

CIL came into effect on 1 December 2014.  It will also apply to appeals granted after this time, permission granted following an enforcement action and any qualifying development undertaken under permitted development rights.    

Government CIL Guidance 

Guidance on the Community Infrastructure Levy was added to the Planning Practice Guidance website on 12 June 2014. This guidance is published in a question and answer format and will cover the majority of queries you may have about CIL.  In addition to this the Council has also published some of the frequently asked questions that they have received.   

Is my application proposal liable for CIL?

Not all development is liable for CIL. Please refer to Guidance Note 1 - is development liable for CIL?

In summary the following types of planning applications are liable:

  • A new dwelling; and
  • All residential and convenience based retail development containing at least 100 square metres of new build (extra floorspace).
  • The conversion of a building to residential or convenience based retail that is no longer in lawful use (see Guidance Note 1).

If you are uncertain whether your proposal is liable for CIL, you should submit a CIL Additional Information Form with your application (see below). We can then work out whether CIL is payable or not.

How is a development's size calculated?

The size of development is calculated on the basis of its Gross Internal Area (GIA), the Council have produced a guidance note. For further information The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has also produced a detailed guidance note on how to calculate GIA and this is contained in a document called Code of Measuring Practice 6This link will open in a new window (This link will open in a new window)th Edition.

My planning application is liable for CIL, what do I need to do now? 

See TDC CIL Guidance Note 2 CIL Process for Applicants for details of the CIL process. If the application is liable for CIL the following forms and plans must be submitted with the application:

What Forms of relief are available

The Regulations allow the Council to give relief from paying the CIL in certain circumstances. People who are an ‘owner of a material interest in the relevant land’ can claim relief.  A ‘material interest’ is a freehold interest, or a leasehold interest which expires more than seven years after the date on which planning permission first permits development.  The following forms of relief are available and the ‘CIL Form 2 – Claiming Exemption or Relief’ must be submitted to claim any relief:
• Charitable relief
• Social housing relief
• Self build exemption for a whole house
• Self build exemption for a residential annexe or extension

For details, refer to the following Guidance:

Community Infrastructure Levy Funding and Spending Process

Community Infrastructure Levy Funding

How was CIL adopted in Tandridge

The CIL Charging Schedule went through a number of stages prior to approval, including an independent examination.

Background to Community Infrastructure Levy and details about the CIL Examination.

Further Information

Contact information 

CIL Monitoring Officer 01883 732880, cil@tandridge.gov.uk