Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

To support the growth of South Oxfordshire we need to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place. To help fund this we can require developers to pay contributions via the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

How does the CIL work and what will we use the money for?

The money we raise from CIL will help fund major infrastructure projects which will benefit the wider district, such as new schools, major transport improvements or new leisure facilities. The individual projects CIL will help fund can be found on our Regulation 123 List.

What types of development have to pay CIL?

A land owner or developer will need to pay CIL if:

  • the development was granted planning permission after 1 April 2016 and,
  • it adds at least 100sqm additional floorspace to an existing building, or
  • it is less than 100sqm but creates a new building, or
  • it is a large supermarket, superstore or retail warehouse

You may also need to pay CIL on some developments where planning permission isn’t required (known as permitted development) – for more information please see our CIL procedure page.

What types of development DON’T have to pay CIL?

Any new development creating sufficient floorspace is liable to pay CIL, however there are exceptions you can apply for – for more details please see our CIL exemptions and relief page

How much do I have to pay via CIL?

This is set out in our CIL Charging Schedule

CIL rates as of 1 January 2019 (including indexation) (59.8 KB) PDF

We also offer an Instalment Policy (182.4 KB) PDF .

How we spend CIL money (2016)

Information can be found at how we spend CIL money.

What about Section 106 planning obligations?

The Community Infrastructure Levy hasn’t fully replaced planning obligations known as Section 106 agreements.  We still need these to secure affordable housing and site specific infrastructure. Please see our page on S106 for more information.

Information for developers and applicants

What to do before you start development.

Our CIL procedure page will give you a complete breakdown of how CIL works and the steps you will need to follow. Please also read our Guidance Note explaining which CIL forms need to be submitted and when. (116.6 KB) PDF


If you’ve read the procedures and know which form you need to complete you can find it by visiting our CIL FORMS page.

CON29 Documents and data

To find information such as liability notices and demand notices (CON29 information) please see our documents and data page.

Useful information on the CON29 form and Local Land Charges is available on the Local Land Charges Institute website 

Information about the Examination and Adoption of CIL

Before we introduced CIL our proposed charging schedule was publically examined by an independent expert.  To find out more please visit our examination page.

Review of the CIL

The Council is working on a review of the CIL Charging Schedule in line with the production of a new Local Plan.

Further information of this review and the timetable is available here (224.7 KB) PDF  

Further information

We have put together the following information to help you understand the CIL process.

There's also more information on the government's planning portal This link will take you to an external website... .

Last reviewed: 13 - 12 - 2018

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