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 levy a charge on new developments in their area in order to support the delivery of infrastructure. 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 could include parks, schools, community facilities, health facilities, leisure centres etc.

Unlike Section 106 planning obligations, CIL is a 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 obligations 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 council has, from the April 1, 2015, implemented its own CIL charge which will operate in parallel with the Mayor of London's CIL. More information on the Tower Hamlets' CIL - including consultation- can be found here:

The Mayor of London is also entitled to charge a CIL on development in London. The Mayor of London CIL came into effect on the April 1, 2012.

The council collects for the Mayoral CIL for developments in Tower Hamlets and passes the funds to TFL who will uses it to assist funding Crossrail. More information about whether a development will be liable to pay the CIL is found here:

The CIL regulations and assocated documents can be found on the Communities and Local Government webpage.

For more information please contact:

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

Tel: 020 7364 1666 / 2343 / 6363

Tube/DLR: East India Dock or Blackwall Stations

Location map for Planning Office (pdf,1.29mb)