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CIL Process and Forms for Prior Approval / Permitted Development

Please read through this page carefully to ensure that you follow the process and submit the right forms at the right times. Failure to do so may result in you incurring CIL liability and/or surcharges that could have been avoided. 

Stage 1 - Notice of chargeable development form (responsibility of applicant/agent)

When and how to start the CIL process

Some types of development which are granted general consent by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 are liable to pay CIL.

If you are undertaking such a development, you must complete a Notice of Chargeable Development (Form 5) before you commence the development. 


Please download and complete the Planning Portal's Notice of Chargeable Development form:

Note: You do not need to complete Form 5, if:

  • The development is less than 100 square metres and does not comprise one or more dwellings; 
  • The development benefits from exemption for residential extensions; or 
  • The chargeable amount of the development is zero 

Stage 2a - Liability to pay CIL (responsibility of the applicant/agent)

Who will be responsible for paying CIL?

Within Form 5, Notice of Chargeable Development (see Stage 1), you will have identified who the liable parties are for the payment of CIL. 

If the liable party changes you can withdraw or transfer the liability at any time before the development commences using Form 3 or Form 4 (whichever is applicable). 

Stage 2b - Exemption or relief from CIL

Is your permitted development eligible for exemption or relief from CIL?

See our CIL Exemptions and Relief webpages for guidance on what developments are exempt or can apply for CIL relief.

If you consider that your development is eligible for exemption or relief from CIL you must submit the applicable exemption or relief claim form before you commence development. The application form you must submit will depend on the type of relief you'll be claiming for:

Stage 3 - Issue of liability notice (responsibility of Council)

How and when a liability notice is issued

Shortly after receipt of Form 5, Notice of Chargeable Development (see stage 1), the Council will issue a Liability Notice to the liable party(ies) named.

The liability notice:

  • sets out the chargeable amount payable in respect of the chargeable development
  • triggers the registration of the chargeable amount as a local land charge
  • and where relevant the amount of CIL which is has been granted an exemption or relief, subject to clawback mechanism.

Payment will become due on the date of commencement as detailed in Stage 4.

Stage 4 - Commencement notice (responsibility of applicant / agent)

When CIL becomes chargeable

Before you commence work on site (including demolition) you must submit a Commencement Notice Form (Form 6) to us, letting us know your intended commencement date.

This Form must be submitted at least one clear working day in advance of commencement.

This Form informs us when the development is going to start, and forms the basis of the dates that CIL payments will become due.

It is important that you wait until you receive an acknowledgement from the Council that the form has been received. Failure to do this prior to commencement will result in the loss of any right to pay by instalments and result in a surcharge.  Furthermore, it would result in the loss of an exemption or relief, if previously granted.

Note: The correct CIL form must be submitted.  This is different from any similar form required by Building Control or Planning Enforcement.

What is classed as commencement?

Commencement is classed as any material operation that is carried out on the relevant land, which includes:

  • the erection of a building
  • demolition of a building
  • digging of a trench
  • laying of underground pipes or mains
  • any operation to construct a road
  • any change in the use of land that is classed as material development.

Stage 5 - Demand notice (responsibility of Council)

How and when CIL payments are required

Once the Charging Authority receive a Commencement Notice with the intended commencement date, or the Charging Authority deem a chargeable development to have commenced, it will issue a Demand Notice on each person liable to pay. The Demand Notice will state the amount of CIL to be paid, and when and how it should be paid. 

We have an instalment policy in place which allows larger CIL payments to be spread over several instalments.

Note: If the date given on the Commencement Notice is delayed, the applicant/agent can issue a further Commencement Notice (using Form 6, see Stage 4).

Stage 6 - Self-Build exemption only

For those that have qualified for Self-Build exemption

Within 6 months of the date of the compliance certificate being issued for the development, those that have qualified for Self Build Exemption must issue the Council with the Self-Build Exemption Claim Form Part 2 (Form 7).

Within 6 months of the date of the compliance certificate being issued for the development, those that have qualified for Self Build Exemption must issue the Council with the Self-Build Exemption Claim Form Part 2 (Form 7).