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We adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule with associated policies at Full Council on 29 January 2020. 

What is CIL?

CIL is a charge that a Local Authority can apply to developers who are constructing additional floorspace. The CIL money that is collected by an authority can be spent on infrastructure which is necessary to support proposed growth in their area. This could involve schemes involving education, transport, community facilities, parks and leisure or other projects which are needed as a result of development taking place. The governance of spending CIL money will be developed in the coming months.

Any applications granted permission on or after 1 April 2020 may be liable to pay a CIL charge.

How will CIL be charged?

CIL is charged per square meter of additional floorspace in new development. The charge is calculated based on the type, size and location of the proposed development.
Details of the CIL charges for different types and locations of development in Stevenage can be found in the adopted CIL Charging Schedule above.

Whilst the CIL charge is non-negotiable, some developments will include floorspace that can offset the charge and many developments will be eligible for exemptions or relief in line with the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended).

CIL Process

The administration of CIL is by a series of forms which give the local authority the information required to determine: whether there is a CIL charge; who should pay the charge; what the CIL charge should be; and whether any offsets, exemptions or relief should be applied to the charge.


You can download all CIL forms from the Planning Portal.


CIL Charging Rates are updated annually to reflect an index of inflation. In the calendar year following the adoption of a CIL Charging Schedule, the rates will be the same as in the adopted Charging Schedule. Thereafter, the rates will be updated based on the BCIS All-in Tender Price Index (BCIS TPI), as published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on 1 November each year. The rate of index, Ip, and the updated rates will be published below.

SBC CIL Charging Schedule adoption - BCIS Ic: 334
Applications granted permission between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 - BCIS Ip: 334.
Applications granted permission between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2021 - BCIS Ip: 333

Infrastructure Funding Statement

The Council is required to publish a report with details of the planning obligations it has demanded, collected, allocated, spent and/or transferred by 31 December each year. The IFS 2020 is the first version of the IFS which the Council has prepared. It covers the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Planning Obligations

The council publishes an up to date record of planning obligations it has secured, collected, allocated and spent via the Community Infrastructure Levy and via Section 106 legal agreements as part of planning permissions.

The CIL data covers the period since the implementation of CIL in April 2020. The S106 data cover obligations secured by legal agreements signed since circa 2016.

The data is available on a separate website hosted by Exacom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the following document for frequently asked questions

For queries related to the implementation of the CIL, please contact the CIL team by email at