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Local plan - Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities and the Mayor of London to charge a levy on new development in their area. Funds raised from the Levy are used to provide essential infrastructure required to support growth.

Section 106 agreements (also known as planning contributions) will remain in place alongside CIL but will be limited to; site specific financial contributions required to mitigate the impact of development, affordable housing, and those items of infrastructure that fall outside of the CIL Regulation 123 list (the list specifies what Enfield’s CIL will be spent on).

The Council collects the Mayoral CIL on behalf of the Mayor since April 2012; funds raised are used to help pay for Crossrail.

The Council formally adopted the CIL Charging Schedule (PDF) and associated documents (Regulation 123 List) on 23 March 2016 and the Enfield CIL takes effect on 1 April 2016.

From 1 April 2016 rates within the CIL Charging Schedule will be used to calculate developer contributions for CIL liable developments in addition to the Mayoral CIL on all applicable development located in Enfield.

How much the CIL costs

The Mayoral CIL is charged at £60 per square metre across the borough.

The Enfield CIL is added to the Mayoral CIL. The Enfield CIL is comprised of different rates set according to type of use, and by location for residential developments. The Enfield CIL charging schedule sets out the rates:

The Enfield Residential CIL Charging Zones Map assists in identifying the residential CIL rates:

The Regulation 123 List details the infrastructure that Enfield intends to spend its CIL receipts on:

Paying CIL in Enfield

A decision on a planning application may require the payment of CIL if it involves new build floor area and or new residential units.

CIL calculator

The CIL calculator helps to establish potential CIL charges. You can find it here:

CIL notices and when charges apply

When planning permission is granted for a CIL-liable development, we will issue a CIL Liability Notice alongside the Planning Decision Notice. The CIL Liability Notice will tell you the amount of CIL you need to pay before you start development. If you don’t need planning permission and you start development (under general consent or prior approval) you may still need to pay CIL if:

  • the development comprises 100 square metres or more of new floor space, or
  • the development comprises one or more new dwellings

If your proposal meets any of the requirements for payment of CIL then you will need to complete the additional information form on the Planning Portal.

A CIL charge will not apply in the following circumstances:

  • Development of less than 100 sq metres (unless a whole dwelling)
  • Houses, flats, residential annexes and residential extensions built by 'self builders' (subject to meeting the relief criteria and submission of a valid claim form prior to commencement)
  • Social Housing (subject to meeting the relief criteria and submission of a valid claim form prior to commencement)
  • Charitable development (subject to meeting the relief criteria and submission of a valid claim prior to commencement)
  • Vacant buildings brought back into the same use
  • Change of use, conversion and sub-division, where the building has been in continuous lawful use for six months within the three-year period prior to planning permission, and does not create any new floor space
  • Structures such as pylons and wind turbines
  • Buildings such as electricity sub stations that people only use for maintenance purposes
  • New buildings granted planning permission prior to April 2013 by way of a general consent
  • Mezzanine floors inserted into an existing building (unless they form part of a wider planning permission that seeks to provide other works as well)

Before development starts, the person paying the CIL needs to submit a Commencement Notice and an Assumption of Liability Notice to cil@enfield.gov.uk. If we don’t receive these, the charge automatically defaults to the owners of the land. A surcharge may apply to each person(s) liable to pay the levy if development starts before liability is assumed.

On receipt of the Commencement Notice the Council will issue a Demand Notice (invoice) seeking payment.

CIL instalment policy

The Enfield CIL instalment policy (PDF) applies to larger developments and explains when CIL payments will need to be paid across a development’s timeframe. From 1 January 2018, the revised policy (PDF) lowers the threshold that developers can pay in two instalments from £500,001 to £100,001.

For more information about CIL, see the Planning Portal. Additional information can also be found on the Planning Advisory Service.


You can make appeals against all aspects of the Community Infrastructure Levy, including the chargeable amount and the imposition of surcharges.

Advice on how to appeal and all the relevant forms can be found on the Planning Portal.

CIL annual monitoring report

The CIL annual monitoring report 2017/18 (PDF) sets out CIL receipts and expenditure for the last financial year.

Background information

The Draft Charging Schedule was subject of an Examination and a public hearing session was held on 4 November 2015.

We received the planning inspector's report (PDF) on the Examination into the CIL Charging Schedule on 18 December 2015.

The Inspector concluded that the CIL Charging Schedule provides an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in Enfield. The Inspector also concludes that there is sufficient evidence to support the schedule and that the levy is set at a level that will not threaten the delivery of development across the area.

Documents referred to at the examination form part of the examination document library and can be viewed on supporting documents.

The Council formally adopted the CIL Charging Schedule (PDF) and associated documents, Regulation 123 list (PDF) and Instalment Policy (PDF), on 23 March 2016 and the Enfield CIL took effect on 1 April 2016. For more information, view the Adoption Statement (PDF).