Community Infrastructure Levy

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

The 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 – the system previously used to secure funds. Planning obligations will continue to be used for the provision of affordable housing and site-specific requirements.

The following types of planning applications are liable for CIL:

  • A new dwelling.
  • All residential and convenience based retail development containing at least 100 metres of new build (extra floor space).
  • The conversion of a building to residential or convenience based retail that is no longer in lawful use.

For more detail please read our Is development liable for CIL? 

If you are uncertain whether your proposal is liable for CIL, please submit a completed CIL Additional Information Form with your planning application.

Eligible developments which have received planning permission from 1 December 2014 will pay the charges outline in the CIL Charging Schedule. The CIL Calculation Tool can help you work out the potential charge. You must pay the CIL, which is a non-negotiable amount. If you don't you may be fined and/or have any agreement to pay be instalments withdrawn. Relief is available in certain circumstances.

The CIL process is explained in our process for applicants. If your application is liable for CIL, please submit the following forms and plans with it:

Our CIL Frequently Asked Questions provides additional information.

In certain circumstances we can give relief from paying CIL. 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 allows development. The following forms of relief are available and the relevant forms 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

You can appeal against our CIL decision. This must be done within 60 days of the Liability Notice being issued and can only be made after you have formally asked us to recalculate the CIL amount. The Planning Portal provides details on CIL Appeals.

We allow CIL to be paid in three instalments, linked to the amount payable recorded in the Demand Notice and set out in the CIL Instalment Policy.

Our Planning Obligations and CIL Guidance explains the council’s position on planning obligations, S106 Agreements and CIL.