Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on most types of new developments over a certain size. This can help to pay for local infrastructure projects that are needed to support new developments, such as schools, health services, leisure, open spaces and transport improvements.

A consultation on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS)

A Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (PDCS) has undergone an initial consultation between 11 January 2018 and 22 February 2018. The representations received and the Council's responses can be viewed below:

PDCS consultation representations and responses – 2018

A consultation on a Draft Charging Schedule (DCS)

The consultation for the DCS was held between 22 November 2018 and 17 January 2019. The representations received and the council's responses can be viewed below:

DCS consultation representations and responses – 2019

A supplementary consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule

The Council held a supplementary consultation for the DCS from 14 March 2019 - 25 April 2019. The representations received and the Council's responses can be viewed below:

DCS (supplementary) consultation representations and responses – 2019

Submission and Examination of the Revised Draft Charging Schedule

In accordance with Regulation 19 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended), the London Borough of Tower Hamlets submitted its CIL Revised Draft Charging Schedule (RDCS) to an Independent Examiner on 25 May 2019.

Hearing session was held on 1 August 2019. The Examiner recommended that the Charging Schedule be approved.

The Examiner’s final report and all submitted documents are available to view on CIL Submission and Examination page.

Please note - The council is fully aware of the government's recently published consultation document "Government response to supporting housing delivery through developer contributions October 2018".

On the basis that none of the suggested changes are finalised and have yet to be (potentially) adopted. London Borough of Tower Hamlets will continue to carry out the necessary requirements under the current regulations in adopting its Charging Schedule.

The government consultation document does not include proposals by the government that are deemed likely to cause the council's Draft Charging Schedule to not become in accordance with future regulations.

What development is liable for CIL?

A development will be potentially liable for a CIL charge if:

  • it contains at least 100 square meters of new build (additional floor space)
  • creates one or more new dwellings (even if it is less than 100 square meters of floor space); or
  • the conversion of a building that is no longer in lawful use which results in new dwellings (residential or student accommodation).

A development may not be liable for CIL if it:

  • is permitted by a ‘general consent’ (including permitted development) and works were started before 6 April 2013
  • involves a change of use, conversion or subdivision of a building which has been in lawful use for at least six of the last 36 months and does not create any new floor space.

Further CIL guidance is available on GOV.UK.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets CIL charges

Details of the CIL charges that apply to developments in Tower Hamlets are set out in the following documents:

This document was updated on 1 January 2018 and represents the council’s Instalments Policy in respect of both the London Mayor’s and the council’s Local CIL

For details on how CIL payments are spent, please see our CIL Regulation 123 list. Our preferred payment method is by BACS. Payment details are provided on the relevant invoice.

London Mayoral CIL

The Mayor of London is currently charging CIL to help fund Crossrail. We collect the Mayoral CIL for new developments in Tower Hamlets on behalf of Transport for London (TfL).

For more information, please visit Transport for London's CIL page.

CIL forms and guidance for planning permission applicants

You must submit the ‘additional CIL information' form with your planning application. This will enable us to work out whether or not your proposed development will be liable for CIL.

Complete the CIL additional information form.

Read the additional information requirements guidance on the Planning Portal.

Please note: You should use our additional information form (available above) rather than the form found on the Planning Portal.

All other CIL forms are available from the Planning Portal.

Further information

If you have any queries regarding CIL, please contact the infrastructure planning team:

Tel: 020 7364 5000

CIL annual report

In accordance with the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended), we are required to report collection and expenditure of our  local CIL for each financial year. For more information, please see below: