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Christchurch and East Dorset Community Infrastructure Levy - advice for applicants

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally set charge on development that local authorities can choose to introduce on new developments in their area.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced through the Planning Act 2008 and defined in the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). CIL funds are used to provide infrastructure which is required to support new development in the area across Christchurch and East Dorset. The CIL rate is expressed as pounds per square metre and is levied on the gross internal floorspace of the net liable development.

Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council formally adopted the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule at its full Council meetings held on the 5 and 6 September 2016 respectively. The Christchurch and East Dorset CIL charging schedules took effect on the 3 January 2017, and applies to any planning decisions made from that date.

Given the complexity of CIL it is important that all applicants adhere fully with the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the following guidance:

Following this, CIL liable applications can be submitted on the relevant forms:

Christchurch and East Dorset CIL Charging Schedules

The adopted CIL Charging Schedules for Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council can be downloaded below:

The following supporting documents are also available which apply in Christchurch and East Dorset:

The background to CIL, including further detail of the preparation process is also available.

Christchurch 2021 CIL Indexation Rates

From 1 January 2021, the RICS CIL Index published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will be used to calculate CIL liability in accordance with Schedule 1 of the CIL (amendment) Regulations 2019.

The table below shows how the indexation will affect CIL for developments granted planning permission in Christchurch from 1 January 2021.

Christchurch CIL Rate
                                                                Christchurch CIL Rate
Development typeCIL charge per sq m 2017 base dateCIL charge per sq m 2021 year rate 
Residential (more than 10 units) £70 £81.50
Residential (10 units or less or less than 1,000 floorspace) £150 £174.65

Residential on the following new neighbourhood sites (allocated in the Core Strategy) which provide their own Suitable Alternative Green Space (SANG) as mitigation for European sites:

  • Roeshot Hill/Christchurch Urban Extension (CN1) - 950 dwellings
  • Land South of Burton Village (CN2) - 45 dwellings
£0 £0
Residential on sites of 40 or more dwellings where on site SANG is required by the local planning authority £0 £0
Extra care housing and housing for vulnerable people (developments that comprise self-contained homes with design features and support services available to enable self-care and independent living) £40 £46.57
Hotels £0 £0
Care Homes £40 £46.57
Offices £0 £0
Light industrial/warehousing £0 £0
Convenience retail £110 £128.08
Comparison retail £0 £0
Public serve and community facilities £0 £0
Standard charge (all other uses not covered) £0 £0

General Advice for applicants

For both Christchurch and East Dorset, planning applications determined on or after the 3 January 2017 that are CIL liable will be required to make the necessary payment unless there are circumstances which exempt them (see below). This includes situations where a resolution to grant planning permission subject to a S106 legal agreement is made before CIL is implemented but the formal grant of planning permission is made on or after the 3 January 2017. CIL will also apply to any appeal decisions allowed after the implementation date of the 3 January 2017.
There are certain situations where CIL may not be required which include:

  • if a scheme is granted outline planning permission before the CIL implementation date, the subsequent approval of reserved matters will not trigger a liability for CIL. CIL will only be liable for permissions for new outline applications or detailed full applications
  • the renewal of a planning permission which was approved prior to the CIL implementation date will not trigger a liability for CIL
  • applications made under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act to vary a permission that was granted prior to the implementation date where there is no increase in floor space over the original consent will not trigger a liability for CIL
  • residential extensions will not be liable for CIL and this will apply to extensions above 100sqm. Residential annexes will remain liable for CIL

To enable the Council to calculate CIL liability, a CIL Additional Information Requirement Form will be required to validate applications for full planning permission. Please refer to the Planning Portal Guidance Notes when completing this form.

Further Information

If you require any further information, advice or guidance on CIL contact us:

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