Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy, better known as CIL, came into effect in 2010 and is an integral part of the development process.

Community Infrastructure Levy

CIL was introduced as a levy or charge to enable local planning authorities to collect funds to provide infrastructure in their areas. The CIL regime has been subject to a number of amendments and revisions over the years leading to it being a complicated system to navigate.

Not all local planning authorities have adopted CIL but many are still working towards it being in place.

At Birketts we can advise on all aspects of CIL including exemptions, reliefs and reductions to liability and in respect of particular forms of development. There are detailed rules and timescales which apply when dealing with CIL and the failure to adhere to these can have serious financial consequents. We regularly advise on these issues.

We are experienced in advising on social housing and charitable reliefs that are available and can assist with completion of the correct forms in relation to assumption of CIL liability and those which are required prior to commencement of development.

We can advise on how to structure your development proposal to ensure that all possible exemptions and reliefs may be utilised including advising on variations to existing planning permissions.

We also have experience of advising in relation to CIL enforcement issues and CIL appeals and judicial reviews.

The team’s advice is good and to the point and I appreciate the care taken to ensure matters are resolved efficiently and that the client’s priorities are uppermost.

Chambers [UK 2022]