The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy which the Council will charge on many new developments.
The money raised will help to pay for the infrastructure needed across Leeds as a result of growth, such as schools, greenspace, flood defences, and transport improvements.
The CIL Rates have been index linked in accordance with CIL Regulation 40 using the BCIS All-In Tender Price Index value for the 1st November for the preceding year.
For more information on how indexation has been worked out, please see the CIL Indexation Guidance Note 2016 available from the
related documents section of this page. Indexation will be applied on an annual basis in line with Regulation 40.
Discretionary Charitable Relief
Executive Board on the 21 October 2015 it was agreed that ‘Discretionary Charitable Relief’ be removed. Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations set out in Regulation 43 ‘Exemption for charities’ allow adequate exemption for charities, and as such ‘Discretionary Relief for charitable Investment’ is not required. Therefore for the avoidance of uncertainty over future CIL payment, it is recommended that the Policy on Discretionary Relief for Charitable investment be withdrawn.
The CIL Regulations require the Council to give 14 days notice before the Policy is withdrawn. The notice is available from the
related documents section of this page.
Regulation 123 list
The Council has proposed minor changes to the Regulation 123 list in accordance with the CIL Regulations at its
Executive Board on 21st October 2015. These are minor changes and are proposed in order to increase clarity only.
The amendments to the Regulation 123 were subject to public consultation from 13th November until 7th December 2015.
These amendments are set out in 'Regulation 123 list Amendments' and are available in the related documents section of this page.
If you need to contact us about the CIL amendments, you can speak to planning officers at Leeds City Council on (0113) 24 78133.
The CIL was adopted by Full Council on 12th November 2014, and the charges will be implemented across Leeds from the 6th April 2015. The associated CIL policies were approved by Executive Board on the 17th September 2014. Please note that any relevant planning applications which have not been granted before 6th April 2015 will be liable to pay the CIL.
The Adopted Charging Schedule (April 2015) can be downloaded from the
related documents section of this page, along with the Residential Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List, the Instalments Policy, the Exceptional Circumstances Policy, and the Statement of Discretionary Charitable Relief.
Charging Zones Map
Detailed map is also provided in order to be able to print out or zoom in at a more detailed scale to identify a particular site or location -
Charging Zone Map.
Implementation of the CIL
A guidance note has been added to the
related documents section of this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process will work, including what CIL information will need to be submitted with planning applications and before commencement. A wide range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can be viewed at the end of the page. It contains links to all the CIL Forms, including the ‘Assumption of Liability Notice’ which the Council must receive before you commence your development.
The CIL will be charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location. It will replace the current tariff based system of planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements). S106s will continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing will also continue as previously.
The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Leeds.
The Council has made some decisions about the broad arrangements of how and where the CIL funds are to be spent, see the 11th February 2015 Executive Board minutes. Further work is underway on these issues, working alongside local communities including through Neighbourhood Planning and the Site Allocations Plan.
You can use the CIL Calculator (EXCEL 759KB) to calculate the charges for your application. Please note that you need to save the excel document to your own desktop/device before using it, and that there are a number of rules regarding demolition and exemptions for which it does not account.
Leeds City Council undertook various stages of formal consultation in preparing the CIL Charging Schedule:
- Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule: 27th March to 15th May 2013
- Draft Charging Schedule: 29th October to 10th December 2013
- Draft Charging Schedule Submission Version (Incorporating Modifications):
- 21st March to 17th April 2014
- Examination hearing session: 3rd June 2014
The Examiner’s report did not recommend any substantive changes to the Draft Charging Schedule.
The CIL documents from these earlier stages can be accessed in the
related documents section of this page, in the document ‘Links to Supporting Evidence and Previous Stages Prior to CIL Adoption.
Reference copies of the Adopted Charging Schedule (Nov 2014) will be placed in all libraries and one-stop centres and the Development Enquiry Centre in the Leonardo Building (2 Rossington Street, LS2 8HD).