Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge which will allow the council to raise funds from new developments for use on infrastructure to support the growth of the borough. The regulation 123 list sets out the infrastructure that may be funded by CIL.

The Watford CIL came into effect on 1 April 2015. This means that any planning application granted permission on or after that date may be liable to pay CIL if it is over 100 sq.m gross internal floor area, or create one or more new residential dwellings.

Charges will be based on the size, type and location of the new development and are set out in our charging schedule.

Background to CIL

The government introduced the CIL Regulations in 2010, giving councils the power to charge CIL to help fund infrastructure. CIL is levied on new development, in proportion to the amount of floor space in the development. In addition, the CIL rate depends on development viability, so there are different CIL rates for different forms of development, and in different parts of the borough.

CIL rates are set on the basis of studies to decide on development viability, and the rates recommended by these studies are subject to public consultation and an examination in public before they can be put in place.

On 18 August 2014, the council received the Inspector's Report. The view of the Examiner was that the charging schedule is sound. The council adopted CIL on 19 November 2014 at Full Council and implemented it on 1 April 2015. For further information please read the guidance note.

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