How to claim relief or exemptions from CIL

Social housing relief

To qualify for social housing relief, your must be the land owner and be the person/company liable to pay CIL.

Before you begin work on a chargeable development, please submit:

  • a claim for relief (CIL Form 2)
  • a map clearly identifying the location of the dwellings
  • a table setting out the plot numbers and the GIA of the social housing dwellings, including garages and conservatories.

Important – do not begin work on the development until you have received a decision notice from us.

If, before work begins, you send us a withdrawal of assumption of liability or a transfer of assumed liability form, then your relief will be withdrawn. However, a new person/company can apply for relief instead.

Please note, there is a clawback period of seven years (from commencement). If a disqualifying event occurs (e.g. dwellings sold on the open market) during this time, you will then need to pay CIL.

Charitable Relief

Charitable institutions wishing to claim relief should complete CIL Form 2 and submit this with their planning application. A claim for relief will lapse if work begins before we send you a decision notice.

Self-build exemption – whole house

If you are building your own home, or you’ve commissioned a home from a contractor, house builder or sub-contractor then you can apply for self-build exemption.

To claim the exemption you must own the property and occupy it as your principal residence for a minimum of three years after the work is completed. Please familiarize yourself with CIL Form 7 Part 2 to ensure that you can provide the evidence required within six months of completion.

To make a claim, you must

If you don’t submit this evidence within six months you will need to pay the full levy charge.

Important – do not begin work on the development until you have received a decision from us. This will be shown in your Liability Notice. You must serve a commencement notice (CIL Form 6) before development starts. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the self-build exemption. Note: We cannot grant self-build exemption on retrospective planning applications as development has already commenced.

Where relief is applied, the amount of CIL you need to pay, and the relief granted, will be kept on the land charges register for three years following completion.

If you receive relief, but a disqualifying event occurs (e.g. you sell the house) within three years of commencement, you will then need to pay CIL.

Self-build exemption – residential annex or extension

If you extend your home which is your main residence, or erect a residential annex, and you own it or have leased it for seven years or more, then you can claim an exemption and you will not have to pay CIL.

To make a claim, you must

Important – do not begin work on the development until you have received a decision from us. This will be shown in your Liability Notice. You must serve a commencement notice (CIL Form 6) before development starts. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the self-build exemption. Note: We cannot grant self-build exemption on retrospective planning applications as development has already commenced.

Where relief is applied, the amount of CIL you need to pay, and the relief granted, will be kept on the land charges register for three years following completion. 

Last reviewed: 06 - 10 - 2017

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