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Community infrastructure levy

Legislation was introduced in 2010 that allows local councils to set a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

We commenced our CIL charges on 1 August 2015.

This follows a comprehensive stakeholder and public consultation which started in 2012 and an independent examination at the end of 2014. Details of the consultation and examination process can be found on our process to adopt CIL page.

The Community Infrastructure Levy means that councils will be able 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

The implementation of CIL within South Gloucestershire coincides with changes to how councils are able to secure funding through the Section 106 agreement. Section 106 agreements will continue to be agreed with developers alongside the CIL, but from April 2015 these will generally be restricted to developments’ on-site infrastructure needs. In contrast, money raised through the levy can be pooled together and used to fund new infrastructure that will benefit the community in any part of a local authority’s area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is expected to an efficient way to secure funding for infrastructure projects within South Gloucestershire and will deliver a system that is:

  • much fairer, as smaller building projects will contribute towards additional infrastructure needed as a result of their development
  • faster for applicants by removing lengthy negotiations over each site’s planning obligations
  • more transparent, because levy rates have been agreed in consultation with local communities and developers
  • more straightforward for developers, who will have greater certainty about what they will be expected to contribute

A Supplementary Planning Document outlining the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Planning obligations has been adopted by the council.

The guide includes, amongst other details, the types of development that will be liable for CIL, possible exemptions and reliefs and the council’s Installation Policy.

Our CIL charging schedule and charging zones can be found below:

More information about the Community Infrastructure Levy and the Section 106 process and how it works can be found on  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy

If you have any questions please contact us on 01454 868004 or email to planningapps@southglos.gov.uk

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