What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008, as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development within their area. It came into force on 6 April 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

CIL was implemented in 2017. If a formal grant of planning permission for a development was made on or after 1 October 2017 and the development falls within the descriptions of what is liable for CIL, developers are liable to pay CIL as a standard, non-negotiable charge.

The following developments are liable for CIL:

  • New building developments that create net additional floorspace, where the gross internal area of the new build will be more than 100 square metres
  • New developments creating one or more new dwellings, including residential annexes, even where the gross internal floorspace is less than 100 square metres

Horsham District Council (HDC) calculates the CIL payable by developers in line with their charging schedule.

The money raised is used by HDC to help fund infrastructure projects however 15% of the CIL funds are passed to Parish/Town Councils for CIL liable development that has taken place within their parish.

Parish/Town Councils are responsible for spending the CIL received in line with the CIL regulations, to support the development in its area, or any part of its area by funding:-

a) the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure; or

b) anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.

For more information, please visit HDC's website or central Government's information page .


 The below table shows BBHPC's CIL receipts and expenditure - last updated January 2024.