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CIL payments

Instalment Policy, land payments and enforcement

Our payment procedure

We'll send you an invoice to tell you what you need to pay, and when by. And we'll acknowledge all payments received.

To find out more about payment periods please view our Instalment Policy Document.

In calculating individual charges, we’re required to obtain the ‘RICS Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Index' (as published by the Building Cost Information Service of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) on 1 November each year. This figure must then be used in the CIL calculation for permitted applications for the following year.

The below table sets out our adopted charging schedule.

The CIL charge for different types of development
Type of development Charging schedule (index 286)
North east and eastern areas of the borough (east of the Great Ouse and north of A1122/A134) £60m2
South and west of the borough (west of the Great Ouse and south of the A1122/A134, including Downham Market) £40m2
Supermarkets (including discount supermarkets) and retail warehouses £100m2

The RICS Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Index will be revised each year.

Notification to land charges (council)

Once you've paid, and providing you're not subject to any relief or clawback periods, we'll remove the CIL charge from the Land Charges records.

However, if relief has been granted, the CIL charge will remain on the Land Charges Register for:

  • seven years for Social Housing Relief and Charitable Relief
  • three years for self-build houses and annexes

The CIL charge will be removed when the time period lapses.


  • if a social/affordable housing dwelling (having received relief) is sold within seven years as a market house, then CIL will be due immediately
  • If a self-build house, which has received exemption is sold or let within three years, then CIL will be due immediately
  • if a residential annex or self-build house which has received exemption is sold or let separately to the main residential property within three years, then CIL will be due immediately

The relief or exemption will have to be paid back in full.

If a permission or development is not built, the CIL charge will be removed from the Land Charges Register upon expiry of the planning permission.

Land payments

The CIL Regulations allow for whole or part of a CIL charge to be paid by one or more land payments (where you offer us a piece of land of the same value).

The amount of CIL paid will be taken to be equal to the value of the land provided.

The acquired land should be used to provide or facilitate the provision of infrastructure to support the development of the area.

Please contact us if you wish to consider using land payments.

Enforcement procedures

To ensure that the CIL collection process runs smoothly, we have been given a stringent set of enforcement powers.

Please visit our CIL surcharges page for more details.