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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)


Planning approvals granted for residential dwellings, hotels, supermarkets and retail warehouses on or after 1st April 2015 will be liable to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL will also apply to building works that do not require planning approval where works commence on or after 1st April 2015.

CIL Background

Sedgemoor's CIL was examined by an independent Planning Inspector in December 2013 and has now been adopted by Full Council. Sedgemoor District Council will commence charging CIL on new developments that are granted permission on or after 1st April 2015.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), as set out in the Planning Act 2008, takes the form of a charge per square metre of additional floor space (new build or extensions). The money raised through CIL will be used to help deliver prioritised infrastructure that is needed to support the growth proposals set out in the Council's Core Strategy. Development will be liable to pay CIL where the proposed development comprises a residential, hotel, supermarket or retail warehouse use. Developments under 100 sq m of additional floor space are not liable for CIL unless a new dwelling will be created.

CIL Charging Schedule

CIL will be charged at the rates shown on our draft Charging Schedule and in accordance with our Charging Zones, which can be found below:

Icon for pdf CIL Charging Schedule [253.72KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Charging maps [2.92MB]

If you think your proposals may be liable to pay CIL, you should read our guidance below on what to do when submitting your planning application:

Icon for pdf Guidance if you think your development is CIL liable [166.09KB]

A copy of the formal notification of the introduction of CIL can be found below:

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Payment of CIL

CIL must be paid within 60 days of the commencement of development. Where a CIL liability is over £15,000 the liable party may pay in accordance with our Instalments Policy which is available below:

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Exemptions and Relief from CIL

There are CIL exemptions for charitable organisations, affordable housing, self builds and residential annexes. To qualify for an exemption, a claim must be submitted and approved prior to any development starting on site. A Commencement Notice and Assumption of Liability Notice must also be submitted prior to any works being started on site. These Notices are available on the Planning Portal: Planning Portal CIL

We have also introduced an Exceptional Circumstances Policy in accordance with Regulation 56(1) of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations (2010) as amended. Any claim can only be granted where an independent viability assessment demonstrates that the CIL amount if levied in full would have an unacceptable impact on the economic viability of the development. To qualify for this relief there needs to be an existing S.106 agreement in place and the development has not benefited from any other form of CIL relief or exemption.

A copy of the notice introducing the Exceptional Circumstances Policy is attached above as part of the formal notice. Guidance notes for the policy can be found below:

Icon for pdf CIL Exemption for residential annexes or extensions - Guidance Note [188.44KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Exemption for self-build housing - Guidance Note [189.41KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Social Housing Relief - Guidance Note [197.22KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Exceptional Circumstances Relief (ECR) – Guidance Note [230.45KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Exception Circumstances Relief (ECR) Procedure for Claiming [112.79KB]
Icon for pdf CIL Exception Circumstances Relief (ECR) Template Report [290.01KB]

Any specific questions should be directed to the S106/CIL Monitoring Officer on 0300 303 7805 or by emailing development.management@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Spending CIL

Sedgemoor are required by law to apply any monies collected through CIL towards funding the provision, improvement, replacement, operation and/or maintenance to support the development of the District. There are also restrictions placed on the collection of obligations that can be included in a Section 106 Agreement. The infrastructure that we can no longer require through Section 106 obligations, and that is likely to be prioritised for CIL funds, is contained in our Regulation 123 Infrastructure List, which can be found below.

Icon for pdf SDC Regulation 123 List [196.11KB]

Sedgemoor will pass a % of CIL funds to Town and District Councils who must spend this money on infrastructure to support growth. More details on the amount and procedure for passing these funds to the Town and Parish Councils can be found in our Guidance Note below.

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CIL Annual Monitoring Report

In accordance with the requirements of Reg.62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) Sedgemoor District Council are required to prepare and publish a report annually of CIL receipts and spending.  As this is the first year (2015/16) of CIL being in effect in Sedgemoor, a number of monitoring indicators are not yet applicable. 

Any enquiries regarding this report or CIL generally should be directed to the CIL/S106 Monitoring Officer via email development.management@sedgemoor.gov.uk or by telephone 0300 303 7805.

CIL Frequently Asked Questions [112.39KB] CIL Annual Monitoring Report 2015/16 [189.24KB] Planning Applications and Enforcement