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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Introduced by the Planning Act 2008, CIL is a charge that the authorities can set for certain new developments, in order to pay for the improved and increased infrastructure required as a consequence.

Southwark Council is the CIL collecting authority for developments in Southwark and collects both the London Borough of Southwark CIL, as well as the Mayor of London’s CIL.

This flowchart (pdf, 26kb) outlines what happens during the process of collecting s106 contributions and how it's spent.

Calculate your CIL costs

You can use this online calculator to work out your CIL liability.

Use this online calculator

Annual CIL Rate summary

Mayoral CIL


It applies to CIL liable developments granted planning permission on or after 1 April 2012, which is used by the Mayor of London to fund the delivery of Crossrail. For developments in Southwark, the Mayoral CIL1 rate is £35 per square meter plus indexation.


These rates apply to all planning permissions granted from 1 April 2019, and may also apply to some phased planning permissions granted before 1 April 2019. For developments in Southwark, the Mayoral CIL2 rate is £60 per square meter plus indexation.

There's a separate charge for Central London, which includes the northern part of the borough for offices, retail and hotel uses:

  • office - £185 per square metre
  • retail - £165 per square metre
  • hotel - £140 per square metre

Further information can be found in the MCIL Charging Schedule. The map of Central London can be found at Figure 2 within the schedule.

For full details, visit the Greater London Authority (GLA) Mayoral CIL webpage.

Southwark CIL

Following a public examination, Southwark’s CIL proposals and our charging schedule was first approved in March 2015 and came into effect on 1 April 2015. Southwark CIL therefore applies to CIL liable developments granted planning permission on or after this date.

Since then, the Southwark CIL charging schedule has been revised to ensure that the council can secure sufficient funding for infrastructure to support growth in the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area, including the Bakerloo Line extension in the Old Kent Road area. The revision included amending the boundary between CIL zones 2 and 3 so that the whole of the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area falls within zone 2.

Following an examination hearing by an independent planning inspector on 26 July 2017, and approval by council assembly on 29 November 2017, the Revised Southwark CIL Charging Schedule is now brought into effect on 1 December 2017.

Hence, the April 2015 charging schedule will cease to have effect after 30 November 2017.

Our CIL charges vary depending on the development type and whether the development is in the higher or lower charge area of the borough. You can download the Southwark CIL revised charging schedule and zones map (pdf, 327kb) or view the CIL charging zones on our interactive map below.

View the map in full screen.

Find more information on our revised CIL.

Unlike S106, CIL is non-negotiable. CIL is charged on most new developments that either contain one or more flats or, involve 100 square meters, or more, of new build floor area (gross internal area).

Although some developments will attract both a CIL liability and S106 contributions, there should be no circumstances, other than in the case of Crossrail, where a developer makes both payments for the same infrastructure in relation to the same development.

Currently, Southwark follows the Mayor’s instalment policy under CIL Reg.70(4), allowing 2 instalments for each chargeable development/ phase which is above £100k (1st instalment within 60 days, and 2nd instalment within 240 days following commencement).

You can find more information using the links below:

Of all Southwark CIL received, the funds are divided between three sources:

  • 70% is made available to the Regulation 123 List
  • 25% is made available to local community areas
  • 5% funds the administration of Southwark’s CIL

The adopted charging schedule is accompanied by an updated CIL regulation 123 list (pdf, 36kb), which sets out the types of infrastructure CIL can be spent on and enables the council to allocate CIL funds to schemes that are strategically important in the borough.

Neighbourhood CIL

Southwark Council have committed to spend 25% of its CIL receipts on priorities that are to be agreed by the local community in areas where development is taking place. The 25% of funds raised each year will be allocated through a Community Infrastructure Projects List (CIPL). The amount of Neighbourhood CIL passed to the community councils cannot exceed £100 per council tax dwelling in each community council area each year. This annual limit will not apply to the 25% local portion once a neighbourhood plan has been adopted for an area.

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Page last updated: 15 January 2021

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