Community Infrastructure Levy overview

Coronavirus - Update to Council Services

Following the introduction of strict new Government guidelines on social distancing measures and the closure of non-essential businesses and premises, we will be changing a number of our services.

The changes from 24 March 2020, until further notice, include the way Community Infrastructure Levy forms are sent and how payments are made.

These changes are as follows:

Community Infrastructure Levy Forms and documents

  • All forms and documents relating to the Community Infrastructure Levy need to be completed and sent electronically via email to cilteam@oxford.gov.uk.
  • All forms relevant to the Community Infrastructure Levy can be found via the Planning Portal.

Community Infrastructure Levy payments

  • Cash and cheque payments have been suspended.
  • In line with many other organisations, the Council is no longer accepting cash or cheque payments either in person or in the post.
  • Payments must be made by BACS.
  • For more information on how to pay please visit our website.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge on new development to help the funding of infrastructure. We set and collect the levy, co-ordinate the spending of the funds and report this to the community.

CIL was introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

The principle behind CIL is that most development has some impact on infrastructure and should contribute to the cost of providing or improving infrastructure.

Oxford City Council is the charging authority for the Community Infrastructure Levy in Oxford. On 21 October 2013, the City Council commenced charging CIL.

For more information, visit the Government’s guidance on the Community Infrastructure Levy on the Planning Portal.

When it applies 

CIL applies on developments:

  • that create 100m2 or more of new build floor space measured as Gross Internal Floor Area (GIA);
  • of less than 100m2 new build GIA that results in the creation of one or more dwellings;
  • that are a conversion of a building that is no longer in lawful use.

Payment of CIL is triggered by the commencement of development.

How much it costs

A charging schedule sets out the rates for each land use.

CIL will be charged in pounds sterling (£) at differential rates according to the type of development set out in the schedule below:

Community infrastructure Levy charges

Development Type

Jan 2021

Jan 2022*

A1 Shops

£148.64

£148.64

A2 Financial and professional services

£148.64

£148.64

A3 Restaurants and cafés

£148.64

£148.64

A4 Drinking establishments

£148.64

£148.64

A5 Hot food takeaways

£148.64

£148.64

B1 Business

£29.72

£29.72

B2 General industrial

£29.72

£29.72

B8 Storage or distribution

£29.72

£29.72

C1 Hotels

£29.72

£29.72

C2 and C2A Residential institutions and secure residential institutions

£29.72

£29.72

C3 Dwelling houses**

£148.64

£148.64

C4 Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

£148.64

£148.64

Student accommodation

£148.64

£148.64

D1 Non-residential institutions

£29.72

£29.72

D2 Assembly and leisure

£29.72

£29.72

All development types unless stated otherwise in this table

£29.72

£29.72

*There will be no increase to the CIL rates for 2022 and will apply 1 January 2022.

**C3 includes self-contained sheltered accommodation and self-contained graduate accommodation

The charge per meter square for student accommodation towards affordable housing has increased from £186.36 m2 (Jan 2019) to £188.60 m2 (Jan 2020).

CIL payments are index linked from the year when CIL is introduced to the year when planning permission is granted. The index we must use is known as the national All-in Tender Price Index, which is published by the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS).

CIL Infrastructure List (Formerly ‘Regulation 123’ list)

The requirement for the Council to maintain a CIL Regulation 123 list has been removed following the enactment of the new CIL Regulations (2019) on 1 September 2019.

The CIL Regulation 123 list is now to be renamed the ‘CIL Infrastructure list’ and will be used as an informative document, which identifies items of infrastructure which may and will be delivered and funded in the City of Oxford through CIL income. Maintenance and consideration of this list will help to ensure no duplication or double charging towards the same infrastructure project via S106 agreements.

Note on the Discretionary Exceptional Circumstances Relief Policy and Payment in Kind Policy

A Discretionary Exceptional Circumstances Relief Policy was introduced on 1 June 2019 and a Payment in Kind Policy was introduced on 21 December 2020.

More information