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Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations were introduced in April 2010 and allow Local Authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in their area. The Levy (or ‘CIL’) is a charge per square metre of new development and is collected as development is implemented. The money can be used to pay for a wide range of infrastructure that is needed to support growth. This can include things like transport schemes, schools and community facilities. 

Each Local Authority prepares its own ‘charging schedule’ that identifies the level of CIL that will be applied to each type of ‘chargeable development’. CIL is a fixed charge and unlike Section 106 agreements is non-negotiable. 

The charge is set at a Public Examination where an appointed examiner will focus on evidence around the viability of development. CIL must be generally ‘affordable’ for developers and must not be seen to threaten the overall viability of development in a given Local Authority area.

The CIL Charging Schedule is required to be informed by an ‘appropriate evidence base’ and relevant background work has been completed to determine charging rates, including infrastructure planning and an assessment of development viability. These documents (together with a copy of the CIL Regulations) are included under the ‘Supporting Documents’ section.  

Current Status – On Hold

The implementation of CIL is divided into five Stages:

The preparation of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Cardiff is currently on hold.  

In 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a review of the Community Infrastructure Levy, entitled ‘CIL Review: Report to Government’, which recommended a series of changes to the process.  CIL has now been devolved to the Welsh Government through the Wales Act 2017. An announcement regarding the way forward is anticipated from the Welsh Government, following which, the Council will consider how best to progress a CIL for Cardiff.

Contact Details

For any queries regarding CIL and / or this consultation, please contact:

Community Infrastructure Levy,
Strategic Planning, Cardiff Council,
Room 223 County Hall,
Atlantic Wharf,
Cardiff, CF10 4UW

029 2087 3483