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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Process

The main steps in the CIL process, including what forms should be submitted and when

If your planning application is for one of the types of development that may be liable for CIL, you will need to follow the process detailed below.

Please read all of the steps carefully:

Step 1

When submitting a planning application for Icon for pdf certain application types [36KB] , you must complete and send us the CIL Form 1: Additional CIL Information, otherwise your application will be deemed invalid.

The information supplied on CIL form one will help us determine whether or not CIL is payable, and if it is, calculate a provisional CIL amount. See the guidance about the CIL form one for supplementary guidelines on completing the form.

If you know at this point who the person or party is that will be paying the CIL charge, you should also submit a signed CIL Form 2: Assumption of Liability.

If your planning application is identified as liable, you will be notified by the Development Contributions Team.


Step 2

If planning permission is granted or a planning appeal allowed, we will issue a CIL Liability Notice which will detail how much CIL is payable.


Step 3

After you have submitted the assumption of liability form, you will receive an acknowledgement from the Development Contributions Team.

If you consider that your development, or part of it, should be exempt from CIL then you may also wish to submit one of the following forms:

A signed assumption of liability form must be submitted to process any claims for relief.

You must wait for any claim forms to be processed and for the council to issue you with a decision letter regarding the relief, before you commence development. Failure to do so means that you will not be eligible for relief and will be liable to pay the CIL.

Before any works start on the development site, a Form 6: Commencement Notice should be submitted to the Developer Contributions Team. If you don't do this you will lose the right to payment by instalments (where applicable), and a surcharge will be imposed. 

In addition, if the type of development means that CIL is payable, but planning permission is not required (for example, if the proposed works are permitted development) then Form 5: Notice of Chargeable Development should be submitted (this includes an assumption of liability section).


Step 4

Upon receipt of the Form 6: Commencement Notice we will issue an acknowledgement letter and a CIL Demand Notice (and invoice details) detailing the amount of CIL payable and when it is due. If no-one has assumed liability to pay CIL before the Demand Notice is issued, the liability defaults to the owner(s) of the land and a surcharge will be due.


Step 5

Any changes of circumstances regarding the liability of the person or party who has assumed liability to pay CIL, means you should submit either Form 3: Withdrawal of Assumption of Liability or Form 4: Transfer of Assumed Liability as soon as possible and before the final payment of CIL is due.


Step 6

If yours is a self-build development and you have claimed an exemption by submitting the CIL Form 7: Self Build Exemption Claim - Part 1, then on completion of works, you will need to submit Form 7: Self Build Exemption Claim Form, Part 2.


Further Information

Our CIL webpage has further information about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in West Berkshire

You can see further guidance on which form(s) to submit on the Planning Portal.

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