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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a fixed rate payment that councils can charge on new buildings in their area. This is in order to offset the impacts of additional homes and businesses on facilities such as:

  • public transport infrastructure
  • schools
  • open spaces
  • health centres (infrastructure)

CIL also enables sustainable growth.

Section 106 (S106) legal agreements will be used alongside CIL to secure onsite infrastructure and things that are not infrastructure (like affordable housing).

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils adopted CIL charging schedules on 20th and 21st January 2016 respectively. 

We charge CIL on all relevant planning permissions granted and all relevant permitted developments started from 11 April 2016.

Please note that as of the 1 April 2019, pre-application advice for CIL is a charged service. You can find out more information on the pre-application pages of our website

Revised CIL charging rates Consultation - Nov 2020


Babergh and Mid Suffolk are CIL Charging Authorities. This was formally agreed in January 2016 when the CIL Charging Scheme was adopted by both Councils. The CIL charging rates were agreed following viability testing and a public examination, held by an Inspector. Charging started on 11 April 2016. 

It was made clear at that time that the CIL charging rates were likely to remain unaltered for a three year period (expiring 11 April 2019). 

Given the position reached, with the Councils' emerging Joint Local Plan (JLP) (Regulation 19 Consultation), it is now appropriate to formally review:

  • the CIL charging rates for both Councils, in order to address rising infrastructure costs

Both Councils agreed on 10 November (Babergh) and 11 November (Mid Suffolk) to carry out a 6 week consultation period on new CIL charging rates. This consultation starts on Thursday 12 November and ends Thursday 24 December at 12pm. 

For details of the consultation and how to make your views known please see below. 


Notice of Public Consultation - Babergh and Mid Suffolk Proposed Revised Community Infrastructure Levy, Charging Rates under the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended)

Notice is hereby given that Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are carrying out a consultation in relation to proposed revised CIL charging rates. The consultation is being carried out under the CIL Regulations (2010). The consultation period is for a period of 6 weeks, commencing 12 November 2020 and ending 24 December 2020 at 12pm. 

What are the proposed revised CIL charging rates?

CIL was brought in by the government. It allows local authorities the chance to charge a levy on all eligible chargeable development. This is to provide infrastructure to support new development taking place within Council administrative areas. 

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils became CIL charging authorities and implemented their CIL Charging Scheme on 11 April 2016. At that time, both Councils agreed they would not be revising their CIL charging rates until at least 11 April 2019 (a three year time period). This period expired on the 11 April 2019.

In order to meet infrastructure needs and address rising infrastructure costs, both Councils have proposed revised charges. As required by the CIL Regulations, both Councils are holding a public consultation on these proposed revised charges.

Any person, group or organisation may comment - including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and others. 

Viewing the consultation

The revised CIL charging rates and associated documents can be seen below (under The proposed revisions to the charging rates).

FAQs CIL Charging Schedule Consultation 2020

How to comment

Comments must be made in writing by 12pm on Thursday 24 December 2020. 

Comments can be made electronically, by email. Send your views to infrastructure@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can send your comments by post to: 

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Endeavour House
Russell Road

All information collected and processed by the District Councils is by virtue of our requirement under the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) . All comments received will be made publicly available and may be identifiable by name / organisation. All other personal information provided will be protected in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. For more information on how we do this and your rights with regards to your personal information, and how to access it, please visit our website or call Customer Services on 0300 123 4000 and ask to speak to the Information Governance Officer.


The proposed revisions to the charging rates

Appendix A - BDC Proposed Revised CIL Charging Schedule 

Appendix B - MSDC Proposed Revised CIL Charging Schedule

Appendix C - BDC Existing Instalments Policy January 2016

Appendix D - MSDC Existing Instalments Policy January 2016

Appendix E - BDC CIL Position Statement from 1 September 2019

Appendix F - MSDC CIL Position Statement from 1 September 2019

Appendix G - BMSDC DRAFT - Plan Viability & CIL Review Study October 2020

Appendix H - EQIA Initial Screening - Proposed CIL Charges BMSDC Nov 2020

Appendix I - BDC CIL Charging Schedule 11 April 2016

Appendix J - MSDC CIL Charging Schedule 11 April 2016

Appendix K - BDC Infrastructure Funding Statement

Appendix L - MSDC Infrastructure Funding Statement

Appendix M - CIL Charging comparison October 2020

Appendix N - BDC Proposed Instalments Policy November 2020

Appendix O - MSDC Proposed Instalments Policy November 2020

Final Council Report BDC and MSDC - Proposed Revised CIL Charging Rates Nov 2020


Updated Position on the Community Infrastructure Levy Income and Expenditure 

To assist small and medium size developers during the pandemic, amendments to Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 were made to enable charging authorities to defer payments. The new regulations came into force on 20 July 2020 and will continue until 31 July 2021 (The Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

Should a small or medium size developer wish to apply for a deferred payment arrangement a Covid-19 Application for Deferral of CIL Payment Form needs to be completed and submitted, together with any supporting evidence required to Infrastructure@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

The deferment, if granted, will be for a fixed period of time (but no more than 6 months) from the date on which the request was received.

The Council's previous Updated position on the Community Infrastructure Levy Income Expenditure - July 2020 

The full text of the Government's statement on the 13th May 2020

Original Position on the Community Infrastructure Levy Income and Expenditure - April 2020

We remain available to support developers, communities and infrastructure providers. If you need to contact us please telephone 01449 724563 or email the infrastructure team

View further information on S106 obligations and CIL

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