The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) affecting Berkhamsted

by paulcrosland on February 14, 2013

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge, to be imposed by Dacorum Borough Council (DBC), on new developments, including new and re-built domestic dwellings, for raise funds for use on infrastructure to support the growth of the borough. The CIL will initially run alongside section 106 payments, but will ultimately supersede these. The preliminary draft charging schedule is published for consultation from until 12 March 2013 and can be seen on the DBC website The proposals for CIL have been published for public consultation, and the consultation period closes on 12 March 2013.

The latest stage of the CIL project was reported to DBC Cabinet last November, at which time the levy tariffs were agreed by Cabinet. In short, CIL will apply to all new developments for which a charge will be levied (noting for example that commercial developments such as offices and industry, there is a zero charge) on the net additional floor space created – a developer will only pay CIL on new floor space, so for example if there is a proposal for 3 new homes of 150 square metres each (i.e. 450 square metres in total) which replace one home of 200 square metres, CIL is payable only on the gain of 250 square metres.

Except for substantial extensions, most extensions to domestic properties are exempt. However, proposals for single new dwellings will be liable.

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