Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

CIL is being gradually implemented across the country as a mechanism for Councils to raise money to pay for the additional infrastructure needed as a result of development, such as roads, schools, etc.  The good news for the custom builder is that custom build is exempt from CIL – part of the package of incentives the government has provided to individual builders and developers to promote building your own home.

Just because it is not levied though doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about it though!  To stop the big housebuilders abusing the system (perish the thought), you have to make a positive claim for exemption from CIL before starting your build, and then stay living in the house as your principal residence for three years after completing it.

Details of how to deal with the CIL exemption can be found here.  There is plenty of scope for getting this wrong, either by you or the custom build developer not having completed the paperwork in advance of the build, or you as the custom builder not submitting the Self Build Exemption Claim Form Part 2 within six months of completion.  Be careful.

Not all Councils have got to the point of implementing CIL. Savills have come up with a clever map on which you can select an individual Local Planning Authority to find out what stages that specific Authority is at with their CIL.  Find out more about CIL on Savills website.

Community Infrastructure Levy - Interactive Map

The CIL allows local authorities in England & Wales to charge developers & landowners a tax on new developments. This interactive map from Savills shows details of the CIL by LA. View the full interactive CIL map here.