About the community infrastructure levy

What is the community infrastructure levy?

The community infrastructure levy (CIL) is a charge which developers have to pay towards the cost of infrastructure to support development. The levy is a charge per square metre of development. The charge payable will vary according to the size, type and location of the development.

Detailed information and forms relating to CIL, along with links to the regulations, can be found on the planning portal and planning practice guidance websites.

North Somerset and the CIL

In accordance with the 2019 CIL Regulations update we are now required to index CIL based on the calendar year, from 1 January 2020 CIL rate will be changing, please see the below CIL Indexation 2020 document for rates and further information.”

Our CIL charging schedule took effect on 18 January 2018. Development that is granted consent on or after the 18 January 2018 may be liable to pay the CIL, even if the planning application was registered beforehand.

Our charging schedule sets out the rates payable by different types of development and the maps showing the different zones in the district.

Guidance for planning applicants, landowners and developers who may need to pay the CIL can be found on our information for planning applicants web page.

What is the CIL spent on?

We are required to spend CIL income on infrastructure to support development. We will publish an annual report which will set out the CIL payments we have received and spent. We can use up to 5% of CIL income to meet the administrative costs of operating the CIL.

We are required to publish a list of infrastructure that may be funded through the CIL. This is called a Regulation 123 list.

Inclusion on the list does not necessarily mean that an item will receive funding, it will depend on how much money is available and what is considered a priority.

We are not allowed to ask developers to make Section 106 payments for infrastructure that is included on the Regulation 123 list, because that infrastructure is intended to be funded through the CIL.

15% of CIL income is passed directly to the town or parish council in which the development takes place, subject to an annual cap. If the town or parish council has an adopted neighbourhood development plan then this amount is increased to 25% without any cap. Further information about this money can be found on our information for local communities page.

Setting and reviewing the CIL rates

Legislation was introduced in 2010 that allows local councils to set a CIL. A CIL allows councils to raise funds from developers carrying out building projects in their area, for spending on infrastructure such as new schools, open space or public transport.

We carried out consultation on a preliminary draft charging schedule from November 2012 to January 2013.

We consulted on a draft charging schedule between August and September 2016.

The CIL was independently examined by an Inspector in February 2017.

We formally approved the CIL charging schedule on 18 July 2017 and it takes effect on 18 January 2018.

You can view details of all of the stages of producing our CIL below.

We are committed to reviewing our CIL rates alongside the production of our new Local Plan, but this does not necessarily mean that the rates will change. We may also review the rates if there is a change in the legislation or national guidance governing the CIL.

CIL annual financial reports

Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) requires CIL charging authorities to produce an annual report detailing CIL income and expenditure.