Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council is not currently looking to implement a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). It will keep the situation under review and may choose to prepare a CIL in future if circumstances change. The question of whether or not to introduce a CIL in North Hertfordshire was considered by the Council's Cabinet on 30 July 2013. Minutes can be found here.

This decision halted work on the CIL which had been started and consulted upon earlier in 2013. Information on that consultation is presented below.


The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally-set charge on development. It is based on pounds per square metre of floorspace and is intended to give more certainty to developers as to how much their development will need to contribute to meeting the costs of infrastructure. Councils have a choice on whether to set a Community Infrastructure Levy or not. The system of Planning Obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is being partially scaled back as a result of CIL.

Councils wishing to introduce a CIL have to carry out two consultations:

  • Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule; and
  • Draft Charging Schedule

The consultation on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule took place between 11 February 2013 and 28 March 2013.

Background Papers

The Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule is supported by:

  • an Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which estimates needs and costs for infrastructure over the period to 2031; and
  • a Viability Assessment, which considers what rate of levy might reasonably be charged without putting the viability of development seriously at risk.


You can view the representations made on the consultation using the PDF below: