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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Last Modified July 08, 2014

Introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy

Following the endorsement by the Planning Inspectorate of our proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule in December 2013, an agenda item for the Full Council meeting on the 17 September 2014 will seek approval for CIL to come into effect on the 1 December 2014. 

All planning applications determined on or after 1 December 2014 may be liable to pay CIL. Dates of future meetings of the planning committee can be found here.

What is CIL?

CIL is a new charge that will raise funds to provide improved infrastructure in Hertsmere. It will be charged on the increase in new build floor space, although there are exemptions and relief from paying CIL for developments under 100 square metres, self-build homes, affordable housing and development by charities (where for a charitable purpose). 

Residential development at 14 London Road

CIL will replace the general section106 (s106) ‘tariff’ approach currently operated by both the council and Hertfordshire County. Parish and town councils will receive a minimum of 15% of CIL receipts raised in their area, which the parish can spend directly on local improvements. The remainder of the CIL receipts will be allocated by Hertsmere Borough Council. 

Further information on CIL can be found on the planning portal website.

Further information on the future approach to the use of S106, and how we will spend CIL, will appear on this site in due course; in the interim we will keep a list of frequently asked questions that will be updated in response to questions raised. If you have any questions regarding the proposed introduction of CIL, please contact our Planning Policy team at local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Examination of the Draft Charging Schedule

On 13 September 2013, our Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. This was informed by earlier consultations that took place in spring and summer 2013.

An independent examination was conducted on Tuesday 29 November 2013

Following the submission of Hertsmere's draft CIL Charging Schedule to the Planning Inspectorate, Philip Staddon BSc Dip MBA MRTPI  was been appointed to conduct an independent examination.

The Examiner's final report was received on 13 December 2013 and recommends, subject to modifications, the Charging Schedule be approved. The Examiner’s modifications can be summarised as follows:

  • That the levy in “Area B” is reduced from £210 per square metre to £180 per square metre
  •  That the levy for specialist types of accommodation for the elderly / disabled is set at £120 per square metre.


The timetable and details for the adoption of the Charging Schedule will be made available in due course.

The Examiner’s report can be found here.

Additional information on the Hertsmere CIL examination can be found on the examination webpage.

All examination documents can be accessed in our examination library.


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