Stage 1: Tell us who will pay the CIL
Tell us by completing the form
You need to tell us who will be responsible for paying the CIL (assumption of liability). Legally, the owner of the land on which the development is taking place is responsible for paying the CIL. But we know that sometimes:
- someone else will pay
- several people may pay in shares
You can tell us who will pay by completing a form on the Planning Portal. It's best to complete this form when you first apply for planning permission as it makes everything run quicker. But you don't have to. You just need to submit it before you start the development.
So if you've yet to complete it - this is your first step:
If you don't complete the form
If you don't complete the form and no one assumes liability, the owner of the land is responsible for paying the CIL. If we don't receive payment of the CIL we will ask the owner to pay. If we need to find the owner or work out who pays and in what share, we can add a surcharge (additional cost) to the CIL fee.
Changing who is going to pay
If you've told us who is going to pay the CIL (by completing the form) but this changes, you can fill in another form to tell us how it's changed. The process is called withdrawing or transferring the assumption of liability.
If you're withdrawing liability you're telling us that the person who was going to pay the CIL is no longer going to pay the CIL. But you're not telling us who is going to pay the CIL in their place. So, to get payment we may have to go back to the owners of the land. If we need to do this there could be a surcharge (additional cost).
If you're transferring liability you're telling us that someone new is going to pay the CIL. Nice and simple.
Once work starts
Once work starts on the development you cannot withdraw liability any more. But you can still transfer liability. You can transfer liability at any point up to when final payment of the CIL is due.
If you don't tell us
If you don't tell us about a transfer or withdrawal there could be a surcharge (additional cost).
How it affects relief (discount or exception)
If you've applied for a relief from the CIL, you can't transfer it to the new person. The new person paying CIL needs to apply again for the discount.
What we do
We'll confirm with you when we receive your completed forms. We'll also issue the Liability Notice - a legal document that says who is responsible for paying the CIL.