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What is Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)?

The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) partnership of Gloucester City Council (GCC), Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) & Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) adopted the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in October 2018 with charging set to begin on 1st January 2019.

In the JCS area CIL is a charge that applies to most new residential buildings and will be used to help deliver infrastructure to support development.

How is the charge calculated?

CIL is calculated on a square meter basis and each Authority has its own charging schedule (see below) which states the rates for different types and scales of development. Your development may be liable for CIL if any of the following applies:

  • It is creating a new dwelling of any size.

  • The floor area is being increased by 100m2 or more.

  • The development involves the conversion of a building that is not in use.


CIL payments must be index linked from the year that CIL was introduced to the year that the planning permission is granted. This guidance document sets out how indexation will affect all CIL chargeable development permitted from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019 within the three JCS authorities of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Charging schedules

The CIL process

The CIL flow chart (pdf, 201 KB) gives an overview of the process and the steps required.

Please see our CIL guide (docx, 18 KB) for more details on the CIL process and how it works.

Exemptions and relief

A development is not classed as chargeable if:

  • It is not a building.

  • It is a building but people do not normally go into it.

  • It is a building but people only go into it intermittently for the purpose of inspecting or maintaining fixed plant or machinery.

  • It is a vacant building which will be brought back into the same use.

  • It increases the floor area by less than 100m2  unless a dwelling is created.

  • It is not included or currently attracts a zero charge in the relevant authorities charging schedule.

A development may be eligible for relief in the following circumstances:

  • Where an application for a Self-Build exemption has been successful (form 7, 8 or 9).

  • Where an application for a Social Housing exemption has been successful (form 2).

  • Where an application for a Charitable Development exemption has been successful (form 2).

If you believe that you may be eligible for any of the above exemptions, please submit the relevant form for consideration. All forms can be downloaded from the Planning Portal website by following this link:

Alternatively please contact the relevant JCS Authority:

Cheltenham Borough Council

  • By email:

  • By Post: CIL Team, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham. GL50 9SA

Tewkesbury Borough Council

  • By email:

  • By Post: CIL Team, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury. GL20 5TT

Gloucester City Council

  • By email:

  • By Post: CIL Team, Gloucester City Council, Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester. GL1 2EQ


Surcharges and enforcement

CIL is a process prescribed by regulations that dictates the forms required at set stages. Whilst every effort will be made by the JCS Authorities to send reminders of triggers and request forms, the onus is on the applicant to follow the process.

It is important for applicants to understand their obligations and the result of failure to comply with the requirements. To help the JCS Authorities have published a guide on the surcharge and enforcement procedure (pdf 272 KB).

More details can be found in the full regulations by following the link below:


To provide answers to any queries you may have as quickly as possible we maintain a list of frequently asked questions (pdf, 314 KB).

How will the Levy be spent?

CIL monies collected are apportioned into three areas:

  • 5% to administrative costs;

  • 15% - 25% to Parish/Town Council (dependant on the presence of an adopted Neighbourhood Development Plan); or

  • 25% to a designated Neighbourhood Forum (in unparished areas where a Neighbourhood Development Plan has been adopted); and

  • Remainder to strategic spending

The strategic spending monies will be used to fund infrastructure in line with the published Regulation 123 List for each JCS Authority as follows:

A report on CIL income and expenditure, for the previous financial year, will be as required by regulations, published on each JCS Authorities website by 31st December each year.

Preparation of the CIL charging schedules

If you would like to know more about the process of preparing the CIL Charging Schedules culminating in the Independent Examination in Public please follow this link: