Do you need to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy?

Do you need to pay the CIL?

What is the CIL?

When applying for planning permission you also need to see if you have to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The CIL is a charge that councils, authorities and the Mayor of London can apply to new developments like new houses or flats, residential extensions and commercial development.

The money collected is spent on new infrastructure within the borough, such as: roads, flood defences, schools and parks.

The idea behind CIL is that most development has some impact on infrastructure in the borough. The development should then contribute to the cost of providing or improving infrastructure. Our Regulation 123 List sets out the types of infrastructure projects CIL funding is spent on.

CIL is governed by the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). You can read more about the CIL in general on the Planning Portal.

Developing in Kingston upon Thames

If you're developing in Kingston upon Thames you may need to pay a CIL charge. The charge includes the Mayor of London's CIL and the Kingston CIL.

When you apply for planning permission you need to include a CIL form with details of the development. We'll then be able to tell you whether you need to pay the CIL, how much it is and when you need to pay it.

If you're developing using permitted development rights you still need to check whether there will be a CIL charge. You need to complete the CIL form and follow the same procedure. You can read more about CIL and permitted development rights on GOV.UKs Planning Practice Guidance.

You can also see a list of the most common developments that are liable for CIL.

Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy

In February 2019, the Mayor adopted a new CIL charging schedule (MCIL2) charging at £60 per square metre on CIL liable developments within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

MCIL2 will come into effect on 1st April 2019 which will supersede MCIL1 and the associated Crossrail Funding. MCIL2 will be used to fund Crossrail 1 and Crossrail 2. We will collect the new rate from all developments given planning consent on or after 1 April 2019.

CIL liable developments issued planning consent between 1st April 2012 - 31st March 2019 will be charged at £35 per square metre.

MCIL 1 Rate from 1st April 2012 - 31st March 2019  - £35 per sq.m.

MCIL 2  Rate from 1st April 2019  - £60 per sq.m.

You can find out more about the Mayoral CIL, including the exceptions, from Transport for London and the Greater London Authority using the links below.

 The Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Mayoral Community Infrastructre Levy

The Kingston CIL helps to fund new infrastructure. The charge varies between £220 to £20 depending on the location and type of development. Public service and community facilities don't have to pay the CIL.
Find out more about CIL charges

The Kingston CIL came into force on 1st November 2015. This means if you receive planning permission from 1 November 2015 (no matter when your application was submitted) you may have to pay the Kingston and Mayoral CIL.

Read more about the Kingston CIL, our consultation and the examination by an Independent Planning Inspector.