Community Infrastructure Levy

Community Infrastructure Levy is a locally set charge which can be applied to development to help fund infrastructure required to accommodate growth in Poole. It is applied as a £ per square metre rate on net additional floor space. Poole's CIL rates are set out in our adopted charging schedule. The charging schedule was adopted by council on 18 September 2012 and took effect on 2 January 2013.

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We are reviewing the adopted charging schedule. On 30 July 2018, we submitted the draft charging schedule, the evidence base, and all of the representations received to the examiner Terrence Kemman-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI for examination. We held two consultations on modifications to the draft charging schedule in Autumn 2018.

A hearing session was held on Tuesday 11 December 2018  to examine the modified draft charging schedule. The examiner published his report on 17 January 2019, recommending that the charging schedule is approved with modifications. The committee recommended that council approve the charging schedule when it meets on 19 February. It is expected that the charging schedule will be approved and come into effect from 21 February 2019, replacing the 2012 version. We currently intend the charging schedule to come into effect from 20 February 2019, replacing the 2013 version.

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Examination documents

In preparing for the examination the examiner posed initial questions to the council and representors as follows:

View a library of all the Community Infrastructure Levy examination documents, which are summarised as a list. 

Documents submitted during the CIL examination:

Previous consultations

Consultation on further modifications

We consulted upon the  Statement of Modifications from 29 October to 26 November 2018 and modified the draft charging schedule to incorporate these modifications. There were 40 responses to the consultation. 

The modifications relate to new evidence set out in ED23 the response to consultation on ED08 and ED24 indexed CIL charges.

Consultation on modifications

We consulted upon the  Statement of Modifications from 3 September to 1 October 2018. As part of the consultation we also invited comments on examination document  ED08 further strategic site testing or UE1 north of Merley and UE2 north of Bearwood (June 2018) that forms part of the evidence base. There were 9 responses to the consultation.

Consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule

We published the draft charging schedule for comment for 8 weeks from 31 July to 22 September 2017. The documents consulted upon were:

The retail charging zones were shown on:

The consultation was supported by the:

Details of the consultation are set out in the Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documents.

We received representations and passed them to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration during the examination process.

Preliminary draft charging schedule

To start the review, we commissioned viability evidence in 2014 and consulted upon the preliminary draft charging schedule and new charging zones from 16 February to 31 March 2015. The responses received have informed preparation of the draft charging schedule.

Current CIL charging schedule: information for applicants

Given the complexity of the Community Infrastructure Levy it is important that all applicants adhere fully with the CIL regulations and read through the relevant national Planning Practice Guidanceand our local guidance before submitting the appropriate forms for a CIL liable application.

CIL has largely replaced the use of Section 106 provisions as the principle mechanism from which we can collect tariff style finance from most new development towards delivering infrastructure we need to support growth. CIL is not intended to pay the cost of all infrastructure but will supplement other funding streams. A two sided leaflet has been produced to explain development contributions in Poole.

Types of development requiring a CIL payment

The adopted charging schedule applies Community Infrastructure Levy rates only on proposals that create new dwellings. All other development types are therefore set a £0 per square metre CIL rate.

Current CIL rates and how CIL is calculated

The Charging Schedule sets three different rates on new dwelling development in Poole depending on which part of the borough the development is in. The rates are:

  • Charging Zone A: £150 per square metre
  • Charging Zone B: £100 per square metre
  • Charging Zone C: £75 per square metre

A map of the current Community Infrastructure Levy charging zones is available by clicking on the image at the top of the page. Having looked at the map if you are still unsure as to the charging zone in which your site is located then please contact us.

Please note that all liability notices will be adjusted in accordance with the national All-in tender Price Index for the given year. A further explanation of the CIL calculation process, including what floorspace should and should not be included, can be found on pages 6-13 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

When you need to pay CIL

Community Infrastructure Levy is payable upon commencement of development. Any CIL payment up to £75,000 can be paid in two instalments with full payment due 360 days from commencement of development, and any CIL payments greater than £75,000 can be paid in four instalments with full payment due 720 days from commencement of development. This is laid out in further detail in the adopted instalment policy.

Forms you need to submit and when

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations set out a clear statutory process for the collection of CIL that both applicants and the council must follow. This process requires the submission of a number of standard forms by the applicant and the issue by Borough of Poole of a number of statutory notices. For an overview of each form and when it should be submitted please see pages 13-15 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

The Planning Portal have created a CIL webpage that includes an in depth explanation of CIL together with the relevant CIL administration forms and guidance notes and it is recommended that applicants refer to this page prior to making a planning application for development.

You can also download the Planning Application Additional Information Requirement form, which is required when making a planning application.

What to do if you think the CIL charge for your development is incorrect

Please contact us at with 'CIL Review' followed by your planning application number in the subject box to discuss this with us. To find out how to formally appeal against your Community Infrastructure Levy charge please see page 20 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

What happens if you don't pay or do not follow the correct steps

Where the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy payment procedure is not followed there are a number of provisions that enable the application of surcharges and ensure the effective enforcement to recover CIL monies once there is a delay within the collection process. Our Enforcement Procedures Guidance Note provides an easy to read summary of Part 9 Enforcement of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) identifying the penalties and enforcement powers that we take.

Relief or exemption from paying CIL

Community Infrastructure Levy will in most cases be a fixed non-negotiable charge on development. However, different forms of relief and exemptions are available to give relief from paying CIL. Further information regarding these can be found on the Planning Practice Guidance website and pages 17-19 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants. It is important to complete the correct forms when applying for relief or exemption and be fully aware of any disqualifying events that will require the full CIL to be paid.

What your CIL payment gets spent on

The infrastructure projects that are to be funded through Community Infrastructure Levy, either in whole or in part, are identified on an approved Regulation 123 list. To ensure that the levy is open and transparent the annual breakdown of CIL spending can be found in the latest CIL Monitoring Report.

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 13 February 2019
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