The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to secure funding for infrastructure to support development. This is done by requiring developers to pay a standard charge per square metre of qualifying new development. It will help to pay for things such as schools, health facilities and transport improvements - all things that are necessary to support new development. The Planning Portal website gives further information and guidance on CIL.
CIL Annual Report
To make sure that the levy is open and transparent, local authorities that are charging CIL are required to prepare and publish reports on total CIL receipts for the reported year. This must be placed on their website no later than 31 December following the end of the reported year.
Adopted charging schedule
We adopted our CIL Charging Schedule for the District on 18 February 2014. We began charging CIL on qualifying developments on 4 August 2014. CIL also applies to appeals granted after this time, permission granted following an enforcement action and any qualifying development undertaken under permitted development rights.
How the rates were set
After two rounds of public consultation, our proposed charging rates were examined by an independent planning inspector and found to be 'sound'.
Regulation 123 List
Our Regulation 123 list sets out the types of infrastructure that can be funded by CIL. It was approved at Cabinet in November 2014.
Payments to town and parish councils
Under new legislation, when a development takes place, that town or parish council will receive a proportion of the CIL we receive from that development.
The CIL legislation states that the proportion will be either 15% or 25% depending on whether a neighbourhood plan has been adopted for the area in which development takes place.
Following the introduction of the adoption of our CIL charging schedule and CIL charging, Sevenoaks District Council's Cabinet as well as producing the proportion as laid out in the CIL Legislation, resolved on 13 November 2014 that "all Town and Parish Councils, irrespective of whether they have a Neighbourhood Plan in place, be given control over the 25% higher rate of CIL."