CIL Information and Forms

The CIL Charging Schedule was approved on 17th November 2016 and will take effect from Monday 3rd April 2017.

Community Infrastructure Levy

What is CIL and will I have to pay it?

CIL was approved on 17th November 2016 and will take effect in South Somerset on 1 April 2017. The following types of planning applications are liable to pay CIL:

  • Applications for the creation of new dwellings. With the exception of sites within the large housing sites proposed in Yeovil and Chard (see Local Plan)
  • Applications for large out of town retail development (use class A1).

CIL is a tariff in the form of a standard charge on the above types of development, which in South Somerset is set by the District Council to help the funding of infrastructure. The principle behind CIL is that most development has some impact on infrastructure and should therefore contribute to the cost of providing or improving infrastructure to mitigate the impact.

CIL applies to new floor space and charges are based on the size, type and location of the new development. Developments of less than 100 square metres new build floor space will not be liable to pay CIL unless they result in the creation of a new dwelling.

Charges are calculated on Gross Internal Floor Area.

Payment of CIL is triggered by the commencement of the development. However, larger developments may qualify to pay in instalments as detailed within our instalment policy.

South Somerset District Council will collect the levy, co-ordinate the spending of the funds and report this to the community annually.


What do I do now?

If you believe your application may be CIL liable complete and submit Form 0 CIL Additional Information Requirement Form ASAP. If this form is not received by the Planning Office, South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT we will contact you to request it. If you are unsure whether you may have to pay CIL please contact the Planning Office on 01935 462016 or email Neil Waddleton at cil@southsomerset.gov.uk  If your development is a self-build please refer to the' Exemptions & Relief' section of this page.


How much will I pay?

CIL liable applications that receive a Decision Notice dated on or after 1 April 2017 will be charged in accordance with the rates set out in the CIL Charging Schedule.

South Somerset has approved an Instalment Policy.

CIL is payable when work starts on site and the rate is index linked.

What is the CIL Process? (CIL Process Summary Flowchart)

1. You apply for planning permission.
2. At the same time, or as soon as possible afterwards, if you believe the development may be CIL liable you complete and submit Form 0.
3. If your application for planning permission is approved and is deemed liable to pay CIL, SSDC will issue your planning approval decision notice, including any planning conditions requiring your attention and a reminder to submit Form 1.
4. You complete and submit Form 1 to advise who will be liable to pay the CIL (the liable party). If no-one accepts liability it will default to the land owner(s).
5. SSDC will issue the Liability Notice (CIL calculation) to the liable party. You are able to challenge this calculation. See 'Appeals Process' below.
6. You complete and submit any claim for Relief using Form 2
7. SSDC will issue you with the decision on the claim for Relief and a revised Liability Notice.
8. You discharge all pre-commencement conditions attached to your planning approval.
9. You complete and submit Form 6 to advise of the proposed date of commencement of the works.
10. SSDC will issue a Demand Notice for the CIL amount payable with full instructions for payment, including any instalment plan you are eligible for.
12. You pay the CIL bill.

NB The submission of all paperwork will be acknowledged by SSDC. If no acknowledgement is received it is important that you contact SSDC Planning at cil@southsomerset.gov.uk before commencing any work on site.

The payment of CIL is mandatory and non-negotiable. If the above process is not followed or you do not pay on time you may be subject to a surcharge without further notification and any agreed instalment plan will be withdrawn.

CIL Indexation

CIL payments must be index linked from the year that CIL was introduced to the year that planning permissions are granted. The index we must use is the national All-in Tender Price Index published by the Build Cost Information Service (BCIS).


Exemptions and Relief   

The relevant form for claiming relief is Form 2

NB Reliefs become null and void if a valid Commencement Notice is not received prior to Commencement of work on site. It is your responsibility to ensure the necessary paperwork has been received by SSDC.


Appeals Process

It is important that you submit the CIL Questions Form 0 as soon as possible when applying for planning permission to ensure that your CIL liability is calculated correctly. As soon as practicable after the grant of planning permission we will issue your CIL Liability Notice. If you disagree with this Notice you must first request a review under Section 113 of the CIL Regulations. To do this, send a letter stating why you think the Liability Notice is incorrect to cil@southsomerset.gov.uk or  send to The Planning  Office, South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT marked 'Request for S113 Review'. If this does not resolve the issue you may appeal direct to the Valuation Office Agency.

The following Appeals can be made during the CIL process:

     Chargeable Amount Review
     Chargeable Amount Appeal
     Apportionment of Liability Appeal
     Charitable Relief Appeal
     Surcharge Appeal
     Deemed Commencement Appeal
     CIL Stop Notice Appeal

Please click here (external link) to obtain further information on the appeals process.  
 
How will CIL funds be spent?

The CIL Regulations require Councils to produce a list itemising the infrastructure that CIL money will be spent on. This is called the Regulation 123 List. SSDC's Regulation 123 List can be found here.

Parish Councils will receive 15% of the CIL money collected in their Parish which they can spend on anything they feel is necessary as a result of the development that has taken place within their parish area.

An annual report will be produced and published on our website detailing the amount of CIL money collected, the amount spent and the amount remaining in the 'pot'. Parish Councils will also have to produce a report on the money they have received and spent.


Will S106 Agreements still exist?

S106 Agreements will still exist but will be scaled back to deal mainly with the provision of affordable housing and with predominantly site specific measures that are required to mitigate the impact of development. In addition, there may be circumstances where a development proposal results in the loss of an existing facility or site feature and the Council may require the replacement of that facility / site feature either directly by the developer or through a financial contribution that would set out in a S106 Agreement. It is therefore entirely possible for a development to have a S106 Agreement in place and also have to pay CIL.

Forms for submission with a planning application:

The complete list of CIL forms are shown below:

 Detailed CIL guidance is available on the Planning Practice Guidance website.


Contact Information:

If you require any further information or assistance with CIL please telephone the Planning Office on 01935 462016, email cil@southsomerset.gov.uk or write to The Planning Office South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT.