The Mayor of London's Community Infrastructure Levy

In addition to a local authority setting its own CIL, the Mayor of London is also empowered to charge a CIL for strategic transport. The Mayor has formally approved a new charge, which takes effect on developments that are granted planning permission on or after 1 April 2012 for the funding of Crossrail.

The Mayor is imposing a CIL charge of £50 per square metre in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames against all but health, education and affordable housing floorspace. CIL will be calculated according to the amount of net additional floorspace a new development will produce.

Your development is likely to be liable for the Mayoral CIL if it:

  • consists of buildings to which people usually go, so it does not apply to buildings to which people only go occasionally to inspect plant, or development that does not consist of buildings; and
  • has 100 square metres or more of gross internal floorspace;or
  • involves building a dwelling even where this is below 100 square metres.

For each relevant planning permission, the Council (and all other London Boroughs) are required to calculate the appropriate amount and issue a liability notice. The Council is then required to collect the payments on behalf of the Mayor once development commences. A CIL calculator to work out the charge for your development is available on the Transport for London website.

The Planning Portal have developed a series of CIL forms that must be completed by the applicant when submitting a planning application.

The Mayor of London, together with Transport for London (TfL), has issued an important leaflet which provides information for all applicants and contact details for enquiries.

Detailed information on the Mayoral CIL can be found on the Transport for London and Mayor’s CIL websites.

Updated: 5 November 2012