CIL - The Process

The CIL Regulations clearly set out the notification procedure so it is important that this process is followed, as surcharges can be applied for failure to notify the council of issues such as liability to CIL and commencement of development. All exemptions must be applied for prior to commencement.

The process required for collection arrangements is covered in CIL Regulations Part 8.  The government has issued an information document on CIL collection and enforcement.

Inform the Council of proposed development

As the CIL process begins when a planning application is submitted, the first form needs to be completed and submitted at the same time.  It asks for details of new floorspace to be created by the development, and details of any floorspace to be demolished which can be offset against the new floorspace calculation.  It is in your interest to provide this information, especially where there are existing buildings in use on your site, in order to ensure that the CIL calculations can be completed correctly.

Any changes to details supplied on this form (i.e. change of address, phone number etc) need to be submitted before the development is commenced, again using the form below on the Planning Portal.

All your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For details of how we gather, define and use your information please see the ECDC Privacy Notice


In some rare cases, CIL liable proposals can be commenced via ‘General Consent’ (i.e. Permitted Development).  In this case it will be your responsibility to inform the Council, using Form 5 – Notice of Chargeable Development before commencement begins.  The only exception to this is when the new floorspace is less than 100m2.  If you are unsure,  please contact the Council.

Inform the Council who will be responsible for paying CIL for an application

It is important that you inform the Council who is responsible for paying the CIL if permission is granted. A request for Form 1 will be sent out immediately after planning approval is issued, if it has not already been received.

If at any time during  the process, you wish to withdraw or transfer liability of the charge (i.e. If you sell the site) then you need to complete and submit to the Council either:


Once liability has been assumed, the Council will issue a Liability Notice to all relevant parties as well as the landowner, if the two are different.  If any changes occur after the Liability Notice is issued,  a revised notice will be sent out that will supersede the previous notice.

Claiming Relief

The Regulations provide for exemption from CIL in the following circumstances:

  • Social housing developments
  • Charitable developments provided by a charity for charitable purposes
  • Self-build developments
  • Self-build residential extensions
  • Self-build residential annexes

Whilst the Regulations also permit local authorities to provide discretionary charitable relief, exceptional circumstances relief and discretionary social housing relief, East Cambridgeshire is not currently proposing to make such relief available. The Council is committed to keeping this decision under review.

Warning: Relief is not automatically available; it must be applied for prior to commencement of development

The completed form must be submitted to the Council prior to the commencement of development in order to obtain relief. The Council can not process requests for relief retrospectively of commencement.

If any relief is granted, where relevant, a revised Liability Notice will be sent out to reflect any changes as a result of the relief. This will supersede any previous notice sent.

The Council has produced guidance notes for each type of relief available to assist applicants when claiming relief. Available to be viewed on Guidance Notes and Other Information Source

Informing the Council of Commencement

The regulations require the submission of a Commencement Notice by the liable party. 

Once this Commencement Notice has been received,  the Council will issue a Demand Notice. This notice will detail who is liable, for how much, any reliefs or surcharges,  and will also specify the dates on which the payments are due,  in line with the regulations Part 8 Section 70 and the Council’s Instalment policy, whichever is relevant.  Please see our CIL - The Charges page to view the charging schedule.


The process and format of the forms is prescribed by the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010, and there are surcharges and penalties if these are not strictly followed.  Failure to assume liability before the commencement of development can result in surcharges of between £50 to £500 per landowner who has an interest in the land.  Anyone failing to submit a  Commencement Notice or comply with an Information Notice, can be charged a surcharge up to a maximum of £2500.  Details are set in Part 9 of the Regulations.  Available to be viewed on Guidance Notes & other information sources.


The CIL regulations require the Council to report on CIL collection and spend. The Council will do this as part of its Annual Monitoring Report, showing how much CIL has been collected, the total amount that has been spent,  and the degree to which particular projects have benefitted.