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Community infrastructure levy

Find out about the community infrastructure levy.

 We collect two types of Community Infrastructure Levy: Mayoral CIL (MCIL) and Lewisham Borough CIL (BCIL).

Mayoral CIL is collected by all local planning authorities on behalf of the Mayor of London. It is charged in accordance with a Charging Schedule and the money raised currently contributes towards Crossrail.

Borough CIL is a charge collected from new developments. It funds facilities such as:

  • roads and transport
  • education
  • medical
  • sport, recreation and open spaces

Borough CIL applies to all proposals which add 100m2 of new floorspace or an extra dwelling. This includes bringing vacant buildings back into use.

The amount to pay is the increase in floorspace (m2) multiplied by the rate in the Borough CIL charging schedule which is below (link to full schedule at bottom of page).

Lewisham CIL rates

Geographical Zone

Use Class C3

Use Class B

All Other Uses

Zone 1

£100 per square metre

£0 per square metre

£80 per square metre

Zone 2

£70 per square metre

£0 per square metre

£80 per square metre

Use class is that set out in The Town and Country Planning (use classes) Order 1987 as amended.

CIL timeline

August 2013: we submitted our community infrastructure levy (CIL) draft charging schedule to the planning inspectorate.

15 October 2013: the examination in public (EiP) took place. See the relevant documents and the inspector’s final report below.

25 February 2015: our CIL charging schedule and CIL infrastructure list (123 list) and installments policy were adopted.

1 April 2015: from this date, the CIL has been levied on all liable new developments granted in the borough. This is in addition to the mayor of London’s CIL which we have been collecting since 1 April 2012.

In 2018, we undertook a consultation exercise as the first stage in the review of our CIL charging schedule. We decided to pause this review to align it with the review of the Local Plan. This will ensure that there is a comprehensive approach to planning and investment in the borough.

Section 106 agreements

We continue to use section 106 (S106) agreements alongside CIL to address site-specific issues identified during the planning process. Our approach to planning obligations and how they will work alongside CIL is set out in our adopted planning obligations supplementary planning document. 

Infrastructure Funding Statement

The council are now required to produce an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) setting out key information on the collection and use of S106 and CIL. 

In previous years, information on s106 and CIL has been published in the Authority Monitoring Report

If you require further assistance please contact CIL@lewisham.gov.uk.