This page gives you information about the forms and process involved with the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The process can be summarised in five stages.

Stage 1

Applicants for full planning permission (including householder applications and reserved matters following an outline planning permission) should submit Form 1: CIL Additional Information alongside their planning application. The Local Planning Authority may refuse to validate the planning application if this information is not provided.

The CIL Additional Information Guidance Note will help you to complete this form.

In most cases the form will contain enough information for us to calculate the CIL liability. However, further information may be required for large or complex applications.

Stage 2

During the lifetime of the application, we may issue an informal estimate of the likely CIL liability for information purposes only.

A liability notice showing the amount due and payment procedures will be issued as soon as possible after planning permission first permits development (normally the date planning permission is granted).

Stage 3

Prior to the commencement of the CIL liable development, Form 2: Assumption of Liability should be submitted. It may speed up the process of issuing a liability notice if this form is submitted before planning permission is granted.

Where planning permission is granted for development by way of a general consent (such as via the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015), Form 5: Notice of Chargeable Development should be submitted instead.

Stage 4

After liability has been assumed but before commencement of the CIL liable development, you must submit Form 6: Commencement Notice. We must receive this notice at least one day before development is due to commence. Otherwise, the liable parties will incur a surcharge and will lose the ability to pay by instalments.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the commencement notice has been received by the collecting authority before they start the development.

Stage 5

Upon receipt of a valid Form 6: Commencement Notice, we’ll issue a demand notice to the person that has assumed liability to pay CIL. Payments are not subject to VAT.

If no-one assumes liability to pay the levy before development commences, the owners of the land will be liable to pay the levy and will lose the ability to pay by instalments. The demand notice and invoice will set out details of the amount of CIL payable, payment options, due dates and any surcharges applied.

If the CIL liable party changes before the final payment of CIL is due, Form 4: Transfer of Assumed Liability can be completed and submitted.

If the process is not followed correctly penalties and surcharges will be imposed.

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