Shropshire Council

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Update 6 May 2020

Please note that a revised CIL instalment policy will be in effect from 7 May 2020. This applies to developments which commence on or after that date, and which have provided a valid 'CIL Form 6: Commencement Notice'. Further information can be found on the 'Payment of CIL' webpage using the link at the bottom of the page.

We're closely following government and Public Health England guidance about Covid-19. In response to this, we ask during this period that you don't send any correspondence via post or hand delivery to any offices, as any response will be delayed. This includes, but is not limited to, CIL forms and payment by cheque. Please use the above email address for any correspondence.

We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for all, and that there will be an impact on the development industry as a result of measures to combat COVID-19. We must, however, work within the CIL Regulations. In instances where payment of a CIL instalment is overdue, we're required to withdraw the ability to pay the remaining liability by instalments. Payment of the whole CIL liability therefore becomes due in full immediately. It's appreciated that this isn't helpful in the current situation, but we're obliged to work within the regulations, which will continue to apply until further notice.

The regulations do provide discretion on imposing surcharges on overdue CIL payments. For a period of three months, beginning on 23/03/2020, we won't impose surcharges on any overdue CIL liabilities. This will be reviewed in due course depending on changing circumstances in the current situation. We are, however, obliged to impose late payment interest on overdue CIL payments. This is calculated at 2.5% above the Bank of England base rate. Interest will continue to accrue until any overdue amount is paid.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be closely monitoring what central government says on this issue. This is in a bid to determine if further support can be offered through amendments to the CIL Regulations. Further updates will be posted on the website in due course.

 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new development to help fund supporting infrastructure across Shropshire. CIL was introduced within the National CIL Regulations, which are available to view at: www.legislation.gov.uk

We were one of the first authorities to introduce a CIL Charging Schedule. The Schedule came into effect on the 1 January 2012 and applies to all eligible development approved after this date.

The rates within the schedule were informed by an economic viability assessment and consultation with both the general public and the development industry. The Schedule was also subject to examination by an independent inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

Within Shropshire, CIL applies to all development that involves:

  • The formation of one or more new dwellings, (including holiday lets), either through conversion or new build, regardless of size (unless it is ‘affordable housing’)*; or
  • The establishment of new residential floorspace (including extensions and replacements) of 100sqm or above.

The 100sqm threshold relates to residential extensions or annexes only. New dwellings (including holiday lets) are liable regardless of their size.

* The Council’s definition of “affordable housing” is contained in Appendix G of the Type and Affordability of Housing Supplementary Planning Document (March 2011).

Developments involving listed buildings are liable for CIL if a new dwelling(s) is formed or an extension/annex of more than 100sqm is created.

Disclaimer

Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they comply with the National CIL Regulations, including understanding how the CIL regulations apply to a specific development proposal and submitting all relevant information. We can can only make an assessment of a CIL liability based on the information provided.

Use the links on this page to find out more.

For any CIL enquiries, please contact the CIL team at:

Email: cil@shropshire.gov.uk

Post to: Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
Shropshire SY2 6ND