Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) collection and expenditure

CIL collection

The CIL regulations require the payment of CIL within 60 days of the start of chargeable development, unless an authority introduces an instalments policy. We recognise the potential financial burden that this may place upon developers and the implications for scheme viability. We are committed to using the mechanisms set out in the CIL regulations to ease this burden, including the publication of policies covering our approach to discretionary relief, exceptional circumstances relief, instalments and payments in kind. The policies can be viewed on our main CIL page

Neighbourhood proportion

We are required to pass on 15 per cent of CIL funds to town, parish and neighbourhood areas. This rises to 25 per cent in areas with an adopted neighbourhood development plan.

CIL expenditure

CIL receipts are used for the administration of CIL, (five per cent) reallocated to town/parish and other neighbourhood areas (15 per cent) or held and spent directly by us on new infrastructure items (80 per cent). Decisions regarding the expenditure of CIL funds held by us will be made by an Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG), comprising officers and members of both borough and county councils, and representatives of key stakeholders in the delivery of infrastructure. This group will generally consider larger bids for new infrastructure items.

Making applications for CIL funds

We have developed a revised timetable for the preparation of the new Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) and CIL submissions.

The emerging Local Plan will be key to identifying and prioritising the infrastructure requirements for Dacorum, particularly given the high levels of growth that are likely. Therefore, it's crucial that the development of the IDP, which identifies the priority spending for CIL and S106 in the borough for strategic infrastructure projects, should align with the emerging Local Plan process.

Spending of any CIL monies will be deferred in accordance with the revised timetable until key strategic priorities are determined.

Timetable for decision making on Community Infrastructure Levy expenditure
Month Description
September 2018 Begin work on the IDP. However, a timeline for the completion of the IDP will not be possible until a timeline for the emerging Local Plan is confirmed.
November 2018 - February 2019 Expressions of interest for the use of CIL funds requested. An expression of interest will not constitute receipt or an application for funds, but an expression of interest only. The expressions of interest will help determine and demonstrate the level of infrastructure funding gap, and given the limited size of CIL contributions will help to seek alternative funding sources where required and/or possible and where CIL is not the appropriate source of funding. Where appropriate, we will also signpost to alternative sources of funding including the neighbourhood proportions.
January 2019 Prepare pre-IDP paper identifying key strategic priorities for known strategic areas coming forward that will feed into the emerging IDP, which will be prepared in line with the emerging Local Plan.
April 2019 Review potential to submit CIL bids. The outcome of this review will be determined by the identification of priorities by this date and may need to be deferred until the IDP is completed in line with the new Local Plan.

Policies on CIL expenditure

We have developed a strategy on how we will use CIL, together with a restricted use of legal agreements under Section 106 of the Town and County Planning Act and other sources of funding, to deliver the infrastructure required to sustain and support growth in the borough. We were required to produce a Regulation 123 list setting out the projects we intend to spend CIL on. Our Regulation 123 list is drawn from the projects within the Dacorum Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Infrastructure Funding Gap Assessment. Our Regulation 123 list can be viewed on our main CIL page.

To ensure transparency, we are required to publish annual reports outlining how much revenue from the levy has been received, what it has been spent on and how much is left.

We're required to pass on 15 per cent of Community Infrastructure Levy funds to town, parish and neighbourhood areas. This rises to 25 per cent in areas with an adopted neighbourhood development plan.