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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (or 'CIL') was introduced nationally in April 2010. It allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The money can be used to pay for a wide range of infrastructure that is needed to support new development. This can include things like transport schemes, green spaces and the maintenance of new infrastructure. CIL is governed by the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) (external link).

The principle behind CIL is that most development has some impact on infrastructure and should contribute to the cost of providing or improving infrastructure.

CIL was adopted by Council on 23 July 2014, with effect from 1 September 2014. This follows the results of the examination, conducted by an independent Planning Inspector, in March 2014. Full details and documents from the examination can be found from the CIL examination pages.

Developments in West Lancashire that meet the conditions for CIL will now be required to pay a levy at the start of the development, or as set out in the instalments policy

These guidance notes are intended as a summary of the relevant provisions. For detailed guidance, you should always refer to the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). You should seek your own advice if you are in any doubt as regards how CIL operates or affects your own position.

What does this mean for me?

If you receive planning permission from 1 September 2014, and your development is CIL liable, then you will be required to pay a CIL charge when you start work. CIL also applies to permitted development where the requirements for CIL are triggered. Find out whether your development could be liable for CIL.

How to use these pages

CIL is a huge and complex topic area, and over these pages we try to explain it as easily as possible. If you receive planning approval from 1 September 2014, then CIL may affect you and we recommend that you read these pages carefully.

In particular, if you receive permission for a CIL liable development, we recommend you read the CIL process stages information. If you have to pay CIL, you will need to send us specific forms and notices, at specific times. Failure to do so means we will impose penalties such as surcharges (up to £2,500), the removal of any instalments and the refusal/withdrawal of any relief granted to you. We will also take enforcement action to collect outstanding CIL charges; in the most severe cases this will include stopping development on site or taking court action. 


Consultation on how we should spend CIL

Each year, we will ask for your views on how we should spend those CIL monies we have collected. The money must be used to provide infrastructure required to support new development.

Our current consultation is open from 6 October until 4 November 2016, on how we should spend CIL in 2017/18.

Details of previous consultations can be found below.

Links to key documents

Quick link to CIL forms

All the CIL forms can be found at the Planning Portal (external link), including:

  • CIL Form 0: Additional Information Form
  • CIL Form 1: Assumption of Liability
  • CIL Form 2: Claiming exemption or relief
  • CIL Form 3: Withdrawal of liability
  • CIL Form 4: Transfer of liability
  • CIL Form 5: Notice of Chargeable Development 
  • CIL Form 6: Commencement Notice 
  • CIL Form 7 (Part 1): Self-build exemption claim (whole house) Part 1 
  • CIL Form 7 (Part 2): Self-build exemption claim (whole house) Part 2 
  • CIL Form 8: Residential annex exemption claim form 
  • CIL Form 9: Residential extension exemption claim form