Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which local authorities and the Mayor of London can charge on developments to fund infrastructure needed in the local area.

It largely replaces the system whereby developers negotiate infrastructure payments on a project by project basis.

Wandsworth Council CIL

Following independent examination the council approved its CIL Charging Schedule on 11 July 2012.

The Council's Charging Schedule indicates the charges for different types of development in Nine Elms (two areas), Roehampton and wider Wandsworth (the remainder of the Borough). 

The Charging Schedule came into effect on 1 November 2012 and applies to planning decisions made from that date.

Which developments are CIL liable

Small householder developments are generally not liable for CIL. Developments over 100 sq ms (net) or involving the creation of a new dwelling are usually liable. 

Applicants are required to provide the Council with the information necessary to determine whether a development proposal is liable as part of their application using the Additional Information Requirement form. If their  application is CIL liable they should also ensure that the requirements of the CIL Regulations are followed to avoid having to pay any unnecessary surcharges.

Under the CIL Regulations, in certain circumstances permitted development not requiring a planning permission may also be liable for CIL, this includes permitted development over 100 sq ms and some changes of use.  If you are in doubt, please contact us.

CIL policies

In addition to approving the Charging Schedule the Council has agreed:

The Council has decided not to offer Exceptional Circumstances Relief, but the need for such a policy will be kept under review.

CIL income

The Council is required to publish reports on the amount of Borough CIL collected annually before the 31 December following the end of the relevant financial year.  

Mayoral CIL

In London, the Mayor can also introduce a CIL. The Mayor's CIL was introduced on 1 April 2012. In Wandsworth the Mayoral CIL is set at £50 per sq m for most types of development.

Planning Obligations

The council's Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out how the Council will implement its planning policies and ensure development proposals provide required affordable housing and fund other improvements to mitigate the impact of development, alongside CIL contributions.

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