Calculating and Paying CIL

Charging rates and indexation

The CIL charging schedule was adopted by Cotswold District Council on 3 August 2018.

CIL payments must be index linked from the year that CIL was introduced to the year that the planning permission has been granted. From 2020, the index figure for a given calendar year is the RICS CIL Index published in November of the calendar year before by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Please see the table below for the CIL charging rates on 1 June 2019 and the indexation for the current year.

Development typeOriginal CIL charging rate (1 June 2019Indexed charging rate (apply to planning applications granted in 2019
All residential development, including Sheltered Housing and Extra-care Housing but excluding the Chesterton Strategic Site £80/sqm £80/sqm
Retail development £60/sqm £60/sqm
All other development £0/sqm £0/sqm

You can calculate your estimated CIL charge by using:

Development liable for CIL

The Community Infrastructure Levy is generally chargeable on the net increase in gross internal floorspace of all new development when:

  • You are creating a new dwelling (of any size)
  • You are increasing the floor area by 100m² or more
  • You are converting a building that is not in use
  • You are creating new retail floors pace or extending an existing premises by 100m² or more

With the following exceptions:

  • Minor development: that is buildings or extensions where the gross internal area of new build is less than 100m2, other than where the development will comprise one or more new dwellings (in which case the new dwellings will constitute ‘Chargeable Development’, irrespective of their size);
  • Development of buildings into which people do not normally go, or into which they go only intermittently for the purpose of inspecting or maintaining fixed plant or machinery;
  • The Charging Authority has evidence to demonstrate that there are viability reasons for not levying a charge on the intended use of development, and these are reflected in its Charging Schedule through the application of a £0m2 rate; or
  • The development is exempt under Part 6 of the CIL Regulations (as amended).

What is included as 'CIL chargeable floorspace'?

The area, measured as the gross internal area (GIA), is per floor and includes all buildings, including garages. The government and the RICS have produced the following guidance

Determining if a building is ‘in use’

Please see our guidance note on providing evidence a building has been in lawful use

When is CIL payable?

CIL is payable upon commencement of development. The Liable Party or their agent/architect is required to submit a Commencement Notice to the Council, to notify them of works starting on site.

Once we have received the Commencement Notice, the Council will issue a Demand Notice. This will detail who is liable for payment, confirm the amount payable as well as any reliefs or surcharges and it will also specify the dates and instalment on which payments are due. Where the Instalment Policy does not apply, the chargeable amount must be paid in full within 60 days of the notified or deemed commencement date of the chargeable development.

How can I make a payment?

You will be able to pay the levy via BACS or via card (over the phone or via the machine at our Trinity Road offices). More details can be found on your Demand Notice which outlines the total CIL charge for your development.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Instalment Policy

The Council has approved the payment of CIL by instalments. An advantage of having a CIL Instalments Policy is that it significantly assists developers’ cash flow, which in turn helps to ensure development remains viable and deliverable; a key aspect of the English planning system.

You can contact the CIL team by:

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX