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Planning policy 

What is the Community Infrastructure Levy? 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new buildings and extensions to help pay for supporting infrastructure. This new charge replaces the section 106 tariff, but section 106 agreements (s106) will still be used for the specific impacts of a development (such as a new access road) and for affordable housing.

Unlike s106, CIL is non-negotiable and collection is purely an administrative process. This gives some certainty to developers who can calculate the charge and factor it into schemes from an early stage.

CIL Examination 

Following consultation on the CIL Draft Charging Schedule between 15 March and 26 April 2013, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has made no modifications to the Schedule and, on 25 February 2014, formally submitted the Draft Charging Schedule for independent public examination.

For further information, please visit our Examination page.

Consultation on the Draft Preliminary Charging Schedule 

The council consulted on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule between the 27 February and 10 April 2012. This is the first step in working towards adopting a CIL Charging Schedule, under Section 15 of the CIL Regulations. All comments received, and the Council's response to these, are available to view by clicking on the attached link below.  

Instalment Policy 

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will adopt the Mayoral instalment policy which has been prepared in accordance with Regulation 69B of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2011. 
The Council will allow payment of CIL by instalments according to the total amount  of the liability as follows: 

Amount of CIL Liability Number of
Payment Periods and Amounts 
Any amount up to £500,000 No instalments
  • Total amount payable within 60 days of commencement of development
Any amount greater than £500,000 Two instalments
  •  The greater of £500,000 or half the total payment payable within 60 days of commencement of development
  • The balance payable within 240 days of commencement of development

The Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy 

From 1 April 2012, the Mayor of London has been operating a CIL throughout Greater London.  In Barking and Dagenham the charge is £20 per square metre. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham collects the Mayoral CIL within this borough.

For more information on how the Mayoral CIL affects you and your planning application please refer to our Submitting a planning application web page.

For more information on the London Wide CIL please refer to the Mayor of London Community Infrastructure Levy web page.

How is CIL calculated? 

CIL charges are based on simple formulae which relate to the size and character of the development paying it. CIL applies to the net increase in gross internal floor area (GIA) after allowing for any demolition, and is payable on most developments over 100sqm or where a new dwelling is created.

CIL rates will be clearly set out in a charging schedule and may vary by area and use. Under the CIL regime, all but the very smallest developments will contribute towards coping with the extra pressure put on services.

In order for the council to be able to calculate the charge, applicants must provide information about the GIA of buildings before and after development, when they submit their planning application, or the application will be invalid.

If CIL applies, the council will calculate the amount and show this on a Liability Notice which will be issued along with the Decision Notice.


Three types of buildings do not pay any CIL. These are:

  • Buildings into which people don’t normally go, or only go in to perform maintenance, for example, pump houses or electrical substations;
  • Affordable housing; and
  • Development by charities for charitable purposes.