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
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 response will be made available soon. At least one further consultation (dates to be confirmed) will be held prior to examination and adoption.
The documents to which this consultation relates can be found below:
These documents are also available to view at:
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets Town Hall - Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG
- Idea Store Bow, 1 Gladstone Place, Roman Road, Bow, London E3 5ES
- Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BU
- Idea Store Watney Market, 260 Commercial Road, London E1 2FB
- Idea Store Canary Wharf, Churchill Place, London E14 5RB
- Idea Store Chrisp Street, 1 Vesey Path East India Dock Road, London E14 6BT
- Bethnal Green Library, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0HL
- Cubitt Town Library, Strattondale Street, London E14 3HG
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 the 1 of 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 (xls)
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.
If you have any queries regarding CIL, please contact the infrastructure planning team:
Tel: 020 7364 5009
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: