Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

What is Community Infrastructure Levy?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge. It was introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

CIL runs alongside Section 106 Agreements.

A portion of the CIL is to be spent on local priorities; this is called Neighbourhood CIL.

Neighbourhood CIL

The neighbourhood portion is 15 per cent of CIL revenues and 25 per cent where a neighbourhood plan has been made. There are currently two neighbourhood plans covering parts of the borough, details can be found on the Current Projects page. The Council is committed to engaging with its residents on neighbourhood CIL spending and will undertake a neighbourhood CIL consultation in the near future.

Borough CIL

Borough CIL charging schedule

CIL instalments policy

CIL regulation 123 list

CIL calculator

The CIL calculator can help you estimate your potential CIL liabilities. There are two calculators:

  • the CIL Calculator V4 (MCIL2) includes MCIL2 rates (see Mayoral CIL section below) - use this to calculate CIL for developments permitted on or after 1 April 2019
  • the CIL Calculator V3 (MCIL1) - use this to calculate CIL for developments permitted before 1 April 2019
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CIL receipts and expenditure

We publish a summary of CIL receipts and expenditure every year. 

We also publish them in our Monitoring Report.

 


 

Borough CIL charging zone maps

Use these maps to find out about CIL charging zone boundaries in the borough:

Zone A

Zone B (SW postcode)

Zone B (W postcode)

Zone C

Zone D and G

Zone E

Zone F and H


Mayoral CIL

The Mayor’s Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL1) was introduced in 2012 to help finance Crossrail. In February 2019 the Mayor replaced it with a new charging schedule (MCIL2).

Mayoral CIL 1 (MCIL1) applies to CIL liable for developments permitted before 1 April 2019.

Mayoral CIL 2 (MCIL2) applies to CIL liable for developments permitted on or after the 1 April 2019

MCIL2

Read about the MCIL2 charging schedule:

GLA MCIL2 Letter [PDF] (file size 197.01 KB)
MCIL2 Charging Schedule [PDF] (file size 897.79 KB)

Read more about Mayoral CIL.

This table details MCIL2 rates in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea:

Use Rate

For all development except for office, retail and hotel in Central London and for health and education in all of Greater London (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)

£80/m2

Office use in Central London (see Central London MCIL2 charging area map contained in the MCIL2 charging Schedule)

£185/m2

Retail use in Central London (see Central London MCIL2 charging area map contained in the MCIL2 charging Schedule)

£165/m2

Hotel use in Central London (see Central London MCIL2 charging area map contained in the MCIL2 charging Schedule)

£140m2

Development used wholly or mainly for the provision of any medical or health services except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner

nil

Development used wholly or mainly for the provision of education as a school or college under the Education Acts or as an institution of higher education

nil

MCIL1

MCIL1 still applies to developments first permitted before the 1 April 2019. This table details MCIL1 rates in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea:

Use

Rate

Development used wholly or mainly for the provision of any medical or health services except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner

Nil

Development used wholly or mainly for the provision of education as a school or college under the Education Acts or as an institution of higher education

Nil

All other uses (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)

£50/m2

Read more about the Mayor of London’s CIL:

Charging schedule

Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)

Instalments policy

No payment procedure


Calculating CIL

Payable CIL developments

CIL may be payable on developments which creates net additional floorspace, where the Gross Internal Area (GIA) of new build exceeds 100m2. That limit does not apply to new dwellings, and the charge can be levied on a single house or flat of any size, unless it is built by a ‘self builder’.

Non-payable CIL developments

  • Development of less than 100m2 – unless this is a whole dwelling, in which case, the levy is payable.
  • Houses, flats, residential annexes and residential extensions which are built by ‘self-builders’.
  • Social housing that meets the relief criteria.
  • Charitable development that meets the relief criteria.
  • Buildings into which people do not normally go.
  • Buildings into which people go only intermittently for the purpose of inspecting or maintaining fixed plant or machinery.
  • Structures which are not buildings, such as pylons and wind turbines.
  • Specified types of development which local authorities have decided should be a ‘zero’ rate and specified as such in their charging schedules.
  • Vacant buildings brought back into the same use.

Exemptions

There is no CIL charge on calculated liability of less than £50.

Mezzanine floors of less than 200m2 which are added to an existing building are not liable for the CIL unless they form part of a wider planning permission that provides other works.


CIL forms and procedures

If you are liable for CIL you have important statutory responsibilities. Read more:

There are six key steps:

Step 1: submit a planning application using the CIL form calculator

Note 24 of the local validation checklist covers planning contributions. It includes a requirement to submit a CIL form accompanied by a completed CIL Calculator with a planning application where there is any net increase in floorspace or where all of the existing floorspace is ‘vacant’.

Find out how to submit an application.

CIL form

CIL form guidance

Step 2: planning permission and the CIL liability notice

CIL is charged on new development. Normally this requires planning permission from the Council, the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State on appeal. CIL may also be payable on permitted development.

Normally, shortly after planning permission is granted, the Council will serve a CIL liability notice, clarifying the amount of CIL that is liable for that development (excluding indexation for inflation).

Step 3: who is liable for CIL and the assumption of liability form

Landowners are ultimately liable to pay CIL, but anyone involved in a development may take on the liability to pay.

The party intending to assume liability for CIL must submit an assumption of liability form to the Council before the development commences.

CIL Form 1: Assumption of liability

CIL Form 3: Withdrawal of assumption of liability

CIL Form 4: Transfer of assumed liability

This step could be undertaken alongside any earlier steps.

Step 4: claiming exemption or relief from CIL

Use the CIL Calculator to determine whether the development is eligible for exemption or relief from CIL.

Complete the appropriate forms if you want to claim for exemption or relief. We'll notify you of our decision before your development starts.

CIL Form 2: Claiming exemption or relief

CIL Form 7: Self build exemption claim form: Part 1

CIL Form 7: Self build exemption claim form: Part 2

CIL Form 8: Self Build residential annex claim form

CIL Form 9: Self build residential extension claim form

This step could be undertaken alongside any earlier steps.

Step 5: commencing development

You need to submit a CIL commencement notice confirming your development start date before the development commences.

CIL Form 6: Commencement notice

Shortly after your development start date we will serve a CIL demand notice. This details the amount of CIL that is payable (including indexation for inflation).

Step 6: paying CIL

CIL is usually payable within 60 days of the development commencing or the CIL demand notice. It may be possible for you to pay in instalments if our instalments policy allows for this. This came into effect on 8 June 2018.

Instalments Policy

Make your payment through Accounts receivable.

Useful information

CIL Form 5: Notice of chargeable development


Contact us

Planning Policy
Planning and Borough Development
Town Hall
Hornton Street
W8 7NX
Tel: 020 7361 3012
Email: CIL@rbkc.gov.uk

Page updated: May 2018