Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge that Local Authorities and the Mayor of London can set on new development to help pay for community infrastructure.  It is intended to offer transparency, consistency and fairness for all developers and local authorities, whilst keeping a balance between the cost of funding infrastructure and the viability of development.

Who will pay CIL?

The CIL will apply to all 'chargeable development', defined as: 

  • consisting of buildings usually used by people (but excluding buildings to which people do not usually, or only occasionally, go to inspect machinery or structures such as electricity pylons or substations)
  • delivering 100sqm or more of gross internal floorspace or the creation of one additional dwelling, even if the gross internal floorspace is <100sqm.
  • floorspace that is not exempted under the Act, the Regulations or for a locally defined reason.

Generally, the floorspace of any existing buildings that will be lost will be deducted from new floorspace. The calculation for CIL liability will therefore be on the Net Additional floorspace. This is on the condition that the existing building have been in continuous lawful use for 6 months in 12 months to when the new Planning Permission is first permitted.

Barnet CIL

Barnet CIL Charging Schedule has now been published (Link), and will be adopted on 1 May 2013. All planning applications decided on or after that date will be subject to the charge.  

Barnet will adopt the same Instalments Policy as the Mayoral CIL Charging Schedule, and will provide Exceptional Circumstances Relief. The Regulation 123 List is available here, and the Charging Schedule: Supporting Document provides further information on setting the Barnet CIL rate.

Barnet CIL Rates (per sqm)

£135 Residential (C1 - C4, Sui Generis HMOs)*

£135 Retail (A1 - A5)*

£0 All other use classes

*excluding ancillary car parking

The purpose of Barnet's CIL is to secure capital funding to help address the gap in funding for local infrastructure. The money raised by Barnet's CIL will be used to pay for infrastructure required to mitigate the impact of development across the Borough. One of the main vision of CIL is to introduce transparency and certainty for developers.  The money can be used to fund new or safer road schemes, schools, health and social care facilities, park improvements and leisure centres. 

Far from being a completely new source of funding, CIL is intended to replace the Council's existing use of Planning Obligations Tariffs for Education, Libraries and Health. The introduction of CIL aims to ensure a suitable balance is set between funding infrastructure and ensuring development remains viable to allow jobs and suitable new homes are delivered.

Barnet has updated the Planning Obligations SPD in April 2013. The document helps to clarify the site specific or local circumstances when Planning Obligations will be used.  

Mayoral CIL

From 1 April 2012, the Mayor of London ("the Mayor") started charging CIL ("Mayoral CIL") on development to help provide £300m towards the cost of delivering the Crossrail project, a strategic priority to support the growth and development in London. All chargeable development in Barnet will pay a flat rate of £35 per square metre - *Nil rate for Health and Education uses.  Any relevant developments that receives planning permission on or after that date will be required to pay the Mayoral CIL charge. Further details of the Mayor's proposals can be found on the Mayor's website.

Annual Report

We are required by regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 (as amended) to publish an annual report that sets out CIL receipts and expenditure for the past financial year.  Please find the latest version below:

Annual report for Barnet Community Infrastructure Levy 2017/18

Information on CIL and Planning Obligations is also contained in the Authorities Monitoring Reports here.   


If you have any questions or queries with regards to the introduction of CIL for your application, please email:

Frequently Asked Questions

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