Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

In April 2010, the government introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) under the Planning Act 2008. CIL is a new mechanism that allows local authorities in England and Wales to fund infrastructure by levying a charge on new developments in their area. CIL receipts can be used to support growth, (as set out in Tower Hamlets’ Core Strategy) by helping to pay for a wide range of infrastructure, which will include parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities, leisure centres etc.

Unlike Section 106 planning obligations, CIL is standard tariff and is not negotiable. CIL is designed to be a more efficient and transparent system for the development industry. CIL is intended to replace some types of Section 106 planning obligation however affordable housing and other site specific mitigation measures will continue to be required through Section 106. Therefore, Section 106 planning obligations may still be necessary and will operate alongside CIL.

The CIL regulations and associated documents can be viewed on the Communities and Local Government webpage.

The London Mayoral CIL came into effect on the April 1, 2012. For more detailed information, please visit Transport for London's CIL webpage.

The Mayor of London has already implemented a CIL for strategic transport which the council collects for developments in Tower Hamlets. More information about whether a development will be liable to pay the CIL is found here:

The council is developing its own CIL charge which will operate in parallel to the Mayor of London's CIL. The money generated through CIL can be used to support growth by helping to pay for a wide range of infrastructure, which will include parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities, leisure centres etc.

More information on the Tower Hamlets' CIL - including consultation - can be found here:

For more information please contact:

Infrastructure Planning Team
2nd Floor Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

Tel: 020 7364 2630 / 4778 / 2343
Email:CIL@towerhamlets.gov.uk


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