Community Infrastructure Levy

Planning and building control

From the 1st January 2018, a new instalments policy will apply, lowering the threshold from which instalments can be applied from £500,000 to £100,000.

For more information please see the payment policy change document (40KB PDF) 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new developments in the area. Money raised goes towards Crossrail and other local projects.

What is it used for? Click to get info

All London boroughs send money raised by Mayoral CIL to the Greater London Authority (GLA) to fund the Crossrail project.

Money collected through local CIL is used to fund infrastructure projects within the borough.

  • roads and other transport facilities
  • open space and green infrastructure
  • public education facilities
  • employment and training facilities
  • and community facilities and faith buildings, among other projects

Generally, all planning applications are CIL liable if they meet one or both of the following criteria:

  • They create 100m2 or more of new floorspace (including change of use); or
  • They create one or more new dwellings.

And the date of your planning permission is on or after the date when the CIL charging schedule was introduced.

  • Mayoral CIL: 1 April 2012
  • Local CIL: 15 May, 2014

If your application is liable for CIL you should ensure that:

  • CIL Form 1: Assumption of Liability is completed as soon as possible after permission has been granted.
  • You complete a CIL Form 2: Claiming Exemption or Relief if your development is eligible for Charitable exemption, discretionary charitable relief or Social (affordable) housing relief before the development commences.
  • You complete the correct self-build exemption claim form (CIL Form 7, Part 1 and 2) if your development (new dwelling, annex or extension) is eligible for self-build exemption before the development commences.
  • A CIL Form 6: Commencement Notice is completed and returned before the development commences (this form must be completed in addition to any notice relating to Building Regulations). Once this form has been received, a demand notice will be issued with the amount of CIL due, due date and method of payment.

Failure to follow the aforementioned steps will result in surcharges; relief will be denied, and you will not be eligible to request a review or appeal against your CIL liability, as outlined in the CIL regulations.

It is also your responsibility to notify us if:

  • There is a change in the liable party (please use CIL form 1 Assumption of Liability, or form 3 Withdrawal of Assumption of Liability and form 4 Transfer of Assumed Liability).
  • The liable party's contact details change.
  • If any buildings are demolished before the CIL liable date.
  • If, prior to the CIL liable date, any buildings to be demolished or converted change in their eligibility to be deducted from your CIL liability. For example, if existing buildings that were "in use" for a continuous period of at least six months cease to be "in use" or, conversely, are brought into use.

If you are unsure of any of the above procedures, please contact the CIL team to avoid unnecessary surcharges and delays.

What are the exemptions? Click to get info

  • Applications given permission before a charging schedule takes effect in that area are not CIL liable.
  • Developments which convert a single existing dwelling into one or more new dwellings may not be CIL liable, unless  the existing dwelling is not in lawful use (see below), and/or the proposed development includes the creation of 100m2 or more of new floorspace.
  • Developments which are intended wholly or mainly for charitable, educational, or health uses may not be CIL liable.
  • Developments for the construction of mezzanine floors do not trigger CIL, unless the proposal includes an extension in addition to the mezzanine

Additionally, some applications may be CIL liable, but have a reduced or nil CIL charge. This can be because:

  • Full or partial relief has been granted for the application.
  • The proposed use has a nil charge (e.g. schools have a nil charge, and, in Waltham Forest, publicly funded care homes have a nil charge)

How much CIL is payable? Click to get info

CIL is calculated on the basis of floor space.

You can carry out a calculation of the CIL charges payable on a development using Waltham Forest online CIL calculator.

Find your CIL charges using the online calculator

You can also use a CIL calculator on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

These these calculators are only estimated indicators and will not be a formal assessment of liability.

All final CIL charges are calculated by the CIL team

Please note CIL is calculated using floor space figures measured by the CIL team, using the guidelines set out by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Code of Measuring Practice: Gross Internal Area.

“Gross Internal Area is the area of a building measured to the internal face of the perimeter walls at each floor level”

For the avoidance of doubt this includes communal areas such as internal parking, hallways, corridors, etc charged at the rates to which they are associated.

How do you pay CIL? Click to get info

You can pay securely online.

  • payment must not be made until AFTER works have commenced and a demand Notice has been issued
  • it is the responsibility of the liable party to inform the CIL team when works are about to commence (and that surcharges will be applied if the CIL team is not informed)
  • when payment is made, the liable party should cite the payment ref. provided on the demand notice.

What are CIL surcharges? Click to get info

According to the regulations, failure to follow the correct CIL procedure can result in surcharges being added to the overall CIL charge.

  • For late payment – 5% of the chargeable amount or £200 (whichever is greater) may be imposed after 30 days and again after 6 months and then after 12 months on any outstanding amount.
  • If the development has commenced or been completed and no Commencement Notice has been received – 20% of the chargeable amount payable, or £2500 (whichever is the lower amount)
  • Late payment interest must be paid starting on the day payment was due at a rate 2.5 percentage points above the Bank of England base rate.
  • Failure to comply with an information notice within 14 days – 20% of the chargeable amount up to a maximum of £1,000.
  • For failure to notify the Council of a disqualifying event within 14 days - 20% of the chargeable amount up to a maximum of £2,500.
  • For failure to submit a Notice of Chargeable Development – 20% of the chargeable amount up to a maximum of £2,500.
  • Where the Council has to apportion liability between different owners - £500 on each owner.

How do you find out more? Click to get info

You can read about CIL in detail on the planning guidance website 

Or you can contact the Waltham Forest CIL team directly

Download CIL forms Click to get info

CIL FORM 1: Assumption of Liability—to be submitted after approval has been granted for the development (including allowed by appeal) or within 14 days after a Request for Assumption of Liability Notice has been issued. Failure to submit this form can result in surcharges.

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CIL FORM 2: Claiming Exemption or Relief—to be submitted prior to commencement of development. Only applicable if development is liable for relief.

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CIL FORM 3: Withdrawal of Assumption of Liability—to be submitted prior to commencement of development.

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CIL FORM 4: Transfer of Assumed Liability—to be submitted prior to commencement of development.

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CIL FORM 5: Notice of Chargeable Development—to be submitted prior to commencement of development Only applicable to developments granted by way of general consent. Failure to submit this form can result in surcharges.

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CIL FORM 6: Commencement Notice—to be submitted prior to commencement of development. Only applicable if development is intended to proceed. Failure to submit this form can result in surcharges.

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CIL FORM 7A: Self Build Exemption Claim Pt 1—to be submitted prior to commencement of development AND prior to submission of CIL Form 6. Only applicable if development is liable for relief.

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CIL FORM 7B: Self Build Exemption Claim Pt 2—to be submitted within six months of the completion of development. Only applicable if CIL Form 7A has been submitted AND self-build relief has been granted.

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CIL FORM 8: Self Build Residential Annex Exemption Claim—to be submitted prior to commencement AND prior to submission of CIL Form 6. Only applicable if development is liable for relief.

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CIL FORM 9: Self Build Residential Extension Exemption Claim—to be submitted prior to commencement AND prior to submission of CIL Form 6. Only applicable if development is liable for relief.

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CIL Income Click to get info

Pursuant to Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 (as amended) a charging authority (‘the Council’) is required to report on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts and expenditure for a reported year.

The attached document shows the Local CIL received in the financial years 2014-2015, 2015-2016.

Contact Click to get info

Write to

Planning Policy and Regeneration,
London Borough of Waltham Forest,
The Magistrates, 1 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 4NX

Email CIL@walthamforest.gov.uk

Phone 020 8496 6748