What is CIL?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (called 'the levy' or 'CIL') allows local planning authorities to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The funds raised will go towards infrastructure that is needed to support growth, such as schools and transport improvements.

CIL is applied as a charge on each square metre of new floorspace created by the development, and different rates of charge are identified for different types of development, dependent upon how viable each type of development is. CIL replaces a number of existing planning obligations, such as the Caerphilly Basin Strategic Network Obligation. Section 106 agreements will continue to be used for site specific requirements to make individual developments acceptable in planning terms. We will also use Section 106 agreements to secure affordable housing from residential development schemes.

The Government has issued Community Infrastructure Levy Guidance. This document is published in a question and answer format and will cover the majority of queries you may have about CIL.

The CIL Charging Schedule came into effect on the 1 July 2014 and applies to all eligible development approved after this date.

What is CIL money spent on?

The proceeds raised through the charge can then be used to fund necessary infrastructure where there is insuffcient or no funding to deliver it. It is a requirement that we prepare and publish a list of all infrastructure that could be delivered through CIL. This list is set out in our Regulation 123 List of Infrastructure.

How much do I have to pay?

CIL rates must be set locally by striking a balance between how much CIL can be raised to deliver new infrastructure projects and the impact of CIL on the viability of new development schemes. Visit how much do I have to pay for details of charges.

Will my development we liable for CIL?

Not all developments are liable for CIL. However, it is the Council, as the Charging Authority, that determines whether a proposed development is liable to pay CIL. To enable us to do this, it will be a requirement that a completed 'CIL Determination Form' is submitted as part of all planning applications. For further information in respect of CIL liability please visit the Planning applications liable for CIL webpage.

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