West Berkshire Council

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Information, advice and guidance about the CIL

West Berkshire Council's Community Infrastructure Levy was implemented on 1 April 2015.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy charged on most new development within the local authority area. The money is used to pay for new infrastructure required as a result of the new development. This infrastructure can be wide-ranging, including schools, road schemes, health facilities and sports and leisure facilities.

Whilst CIL replaces most of the previous system of developer contributions collected under Section 106, it will still be necessary to have S106 agreements under certain circumstances, for example to provide affordable housing, or provide infrastructure on site, or pay for infrastructure improvements required off site but specifically as a result of a development. For further information please see the Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). 

We adopted the pdf icon CIL Charging Schedule [3Mb] and approved the pdf icon Regulation 123 List [56kb] on 4 March 2014, with an implementation date of 1 April 2015.

Development permitted from 1 April 2015 onwards is liable to pay the Levy as set out in the CIL Charging Schedule. This includes planning applications currently being considered or awaiting decision at appeal.

Our Local List of Documents sets out the documents required to be submitted for certain application types. It details the additional information that must be provided for developments that may be liable for CIL. If your application is, or may be, liable for CIL please complete and submit the appropriate CIL forms in accordance with the Local List of Documents. Failure to submit all the required information will render the application invalid. Our privacy notice explains more about how we use the data you give to us.

How is CIL Calculated?

CIL will be charged at a rate per square metre (based on Gross Internal Area) on new development of more than 100 square metres of floorspace (net) or when a new dwelling is created (even if it is less than 100 square metres). The rates for West Berkshire are set out in our pdf icon CIL Charging Schedule [3Mb], and will be charged on residential (C3 and C4) and retail (A1 - A5) development.

Please note that as of 1 April 2016 pdf icon indexation [91kb] will apply.

What developments may be liable for CIL?

The following types of development may be liable for CIL:

  • Any new dwellings (including replacement dwellings), regardless of their size
  • New building (such as extensions) where the gross new build floor area comes to more than 100 square metres
  • A change of use from non-residential use, when the building in question has not been occupied in its lawful use for a continuous period of six months in the previous three years (the end point of the three years is taken from the date on which Planning Permission is granted)

When is CIL Payable?

CIL is payable within 60 days of commencement of development.

Need to know more?

For further details about the process to be followed, what forms are required and when, and the exemptions and reliefs available, please see our pdf icon CIL Process Guidance Note for Applicants [131kb].  

CIL Monitoring

Under Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) we are required to publish an annual report.  You can find links to these below.

Updating the 123 list

Consultation was held on the revised CIL Regulation 123 List which took place between 11 November and 23 December 2016.


Who To Contact

For queries about Community Infrastructure Levy, S106 Planning Obligations and payment of Developer Contributions

01635 519111