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) is to be the subject of a public consultation from 5pm on 11 January 2018 to 5pm on 22 February 2018. At least one further consultation (dates to be confirmed) will be held prior to examination and adoption.

The council is holding an event where members of the public can find out more about the CIL rates and zone boundaries proposed as part of this consultation. This event will be held on the 29 January 2018 from
5.30pm to 8.30pm at the Town Hall. If you would like to attend please provide confirmation to with ‘CIL Public Event’ in the subject box

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

Representations can be made in the following ways:

Email: with ‘CIL PDCS’ in the subject box

CIL PDCS Consultation
Infrastructure Planning Team
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
2nd Floor Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Information on how representation can be made can also be found in the Statement of the Representations Procedure.

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:

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.

Further information

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: