Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Cornwall Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule came into effect on 1 January 2019. This means that any development granted permission after this date may be liable to pay the levy.  

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to raise funds from new building projects undertaken in their area, and is governed by the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). CIL is charged as a fixed rate per square metre of new floor space created, and the money raised can be used to help fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed to support development. CIL Charging Authorities are required to publish a ‘Regulation 123 List’ which distinguishes between what CIL may be spent on and what other developer contributions will continue to be sought for.

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A development is liable for CIL if it:

  • creates a new dwelling of any size; or
  • creates over 100sqm of gross internal floorspace (new build, and before making deductions for existing floorspace that is to be demolished); and
  • involves new buildings or floorspace into which people normally go.

The CIL Charging Schedule sets out the rates that will be charged on new development in Cornwall, and also details the types of development that will not be charged and those that can apply for exemption from paying CIL.  The CIL Discretionary Relief Policy sets out additional relief available in Cornwall.     

CIL Charging Authorities can choose to allow CIL to be paid in instalments.  Cornwall Council's CIL Instalment Policy sets out when payment of CIL would be due depending on the total amount of CIL payable.

See our how will CIL affect my development? webpage for more information.

See our CIL Forms webapage for all the relevant forms regarding CIL.

Discussions are underway to identify suitable criteria and processes for spending and distributing CIL income. Options for the allocation and spend of CIL money were consulted on during August/September 2018 - details and the consultation survey can be found on the CIL Consultations page.

More information about CIL is available on the gov.uk website and on our frequently asked questions page.

In addition to the links on this webpage, printed copies of the CIL Charging Schedule, Instalment Policy and Discretionary Relief Policy are available to view on request, at the following Cornwall Council offices: 

All Cornwall Council Information Services and libraries have details of how to access the documents. They will be able to help you access the documents using their facilities if required.