Community Infrastructure Levy

Community Infrastructure Levy is a locally set charge which can be applied to development to help fund infrastructure required to accommodate growth, such as heathland mitigation; strategic borough-wide transport improvements and flood defences; additional educational, health, social care, leisure and community facilities; green infrastructure/open space and public realm improvements. 

CIL is statutory land charge applied as a £ per square metre rate and is levied on the gross internal floorspace of the net liable development. CIL is paid on commencement of development. 

We first adopted a CIL charging schedule in 2013 which placed a charge on new residential development. In preparing the Poole Local Plan we also began a review of the Poole CIL rates to reassess economic viability of the development market to ensure planned growth would be deliverable. The viability work assessed the cost of acquisition of land, construction of new buildings, developer’s profits and the planning policy requirements. CIL rates should not threaten viability of development, to risk slow or poor housing delivery and seek a fair level of income to address the gap in infrastructure to ensure development remains viable across the authority’s area.

Following the Poole CIL rates review between 2014 to 2018 comprising four public consultations and an examination, the examiner published his report on 17 January 2019, recommending that the charging schedule is approved with modifications. It concluded that the revised CIL charging schedule provided an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy to deliver the Poole Local Plan.

We approved our new charging schedule on 19 February 2019 to take effect from 21 February 2019. You can download the approval statement and new charging schedule

You can also view our correction notice dated 11 March 2019.

Current CIL charging schedule: information for applicants

Given the complexity of the Community Infrastructure Levy it is important that all applicants adhere fully with the CIL regulations and read through the relevant national Planning Practice Guidance and our local guidance before submitting the appropriate forms for a CIL liable application. Following the formation of the new BCP Council on 1 April 2019, our local guidance will be updated.

CIL has largely replaced the use of Section 106 provisions as the principle mechanism from which we can collect tariff style finance from most new development towards delivering infrastructure we need to support growth. CIL is not intended to pay the cost of all infrastructure but will supplement other funding streams.

Types of development requiring a CIL payment

The approved charging schedule applies Community Infrastructure Levy rates only on proposals that create new dwellings within use class C3 and charged at different rates depending upon the ward or area where the site is located. The Poole town centre – Twin Sails Regeneration Area comprising the former power station site and major sites along West Quay Road is zero rated for CIL to reflect known viability issues and challenges to ensure town centre regeneration is delivered.

CIL is also charged for development of retirement housing within use class C3 and assisted living within use class C2 in Lilliput/Branksome Park, Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs. 

New retail floorspace outside of Poole town centre, district centres, local centres and neighbourhood parades is CIL liable in line with the local plan approach of directing retail development to the most sustainable locations. 

All other development types are zero rated for CIL.

Current CIL rates and how CIL is calculated

Poole 2021 CIL Indexation Rates

From 1 January 2021, the RICS CIL Index published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will be used to calculate CIL liability in accordance with Schedule 1 of the CIL (amendment) Regulations 2019.

The table below shows how the indexation will affect CIL for developments granted planning permission in Poole from 1 January 2021.



CIL charge per sq m 2017 base date

CIL charge per sq m 2021 year rate 


Residential (Use Class C3) Excluding retirement housing)




Lilliput / Branksome Park, Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs

B (i)



Poole town centre – excluding Twin Sails Regeneration Area

B (ii)



Poole town centre – Twin Sails Regeneration Area




Central Poole and North Poole

Residential retirement housing (within Use Class C2) and assisted living housing (within Use Class C3)




Lilliput / Branksome Park, Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs

Retail (Use Class A1)

D (i)



Poole town centre, district centres, local centres and neighbourhood parades

D (ii)



All parts of the borough outside of Poole town centre, district centres, local centres and neighbourhood parades

All other development





You can download high resolution maps for the:

Having looked at the map if you are still unsure as to the charging zone in which your site is located then please contact us on or by telephoning 01202 633321.

Please note that all liability notices will be adjusted in accordance with the national All-in tender Price Index for the given year. A further explanation of the CIL calculation process, including what floor space should and should not be included, can be found on pages 6 to13 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

When you need to pay CIL

Community Infrastructure Levy is payable upon commencement of development. Any CIL payment up to £75,000 can be paid in 2 instalments with full payment due 360 days from commencement of development, and any CIL payments greater than £75,000 can be paid in 4 instalments with full payment due 720 days from commencement of development. This is laid out in further detail in the adopted instalment policy. Following the formation of the new BCP Council on 1 April 2019, our instalment policy will be updated.

Forms you need to submit and when

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations set out a clear statutory process for the collection of CIL that both applicants and the council must follow. This process requires the submission of a number of standard forms by the applicant and the issue by Borough of Poole of a number of statutory notices. For an overview of each form and when it should be submitted please see pages 13 to 15 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

The Planning Portal have created a CIL webpage that includes an in depth explanation of CIL together with the relevant CIL administration forms and guidance notes and it is recommended that applicants refer to this page prior to making a planning application for development.

You can also download the Planning Application Additional Information Requirement form, which is required when making a planning application.

What to do if you think the CIL charge for your development is incorrect

If you think the charge is incorrect, please email quoting the planning application number and 'CIL Review' in the subject box, or write to us at Planning and Regeneration, Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU. To find out how to formally appeal against your Community Infrastructure Levy charge please see page 20 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants.

What happens if you do not pay or do not follow the correct steps

Where the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy payment procedure is not followed there are a number of provisions that enable the application of surcharges and ensure the effective enforcement to recover CIL monies once there is a delay within the collection process. Our Enforcement Procedures Guidance Note provides an easy to read summary of Part 9 Enforcement of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) identifying the penalties and enforcement powers that we take. Following the formation of the new BCP Council on 1 April 2019, our enforcement procedures guidance note will be updated.

Relief or exemption from paying CIL

Community Infrastructure Levy will in most cases be a fixed non-negotiable charge on development. However, different forms of relief and exemptions are available to give relief from paying CIL. Further information regarding these can be found on the Planning Practice Guidance website and pages 17-19 of our CIL Guide for Developers and Applicants. It is important to complete the correct forms when applying for relief or exemption and be fully aware of any disqualifying events that will require the full CIL to be paid.

What your CIL payment gets spent on

To ensure that the levy is open and transparent, the annual breakdown of CIL spending can be found in the latest CIL Monitoring Report.

Preparation of the Poole Charging Schedule 

Work on the review of the Poole CIL rates commenced in 2014. During preparation the draft charging schedule was subject to four public consultations in February 2015, July 2017, September 2018 and October 2018 and an examination in 2018.

Preliminary draft charging schedule

To start the review, we commissioned viability evidence in 2014 and consulted upon the preliminary draft charging schedule and new charging zones from 16 February to 31 March 2015. The responses received have informed preparation of the draft charging schedule.

Consultation on the Draft Charging Schedule

We published the draft charging schedule for comment for 8 weeks from 31 July to 22 September 2017. The documents consulted upon were:

The retail charging zones were shown on:

The consultation was supported by the:

Details of the consultation are set out in the Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documents.

We received representations and passed them to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration during the examination process.

Consultation on modifications

We consulted upon the  Statement of Modifications from 3 September to 1 October 2018. As part of the consultation we also invited comments on examination document  ED08 further strategic site testing or UE1 north of Merley and UE2 north of Bearwood (June 2018) that forms part of the evidence base. There were 9 responses to the consultation.

Consultation on further modifications

We consulted upon the  Statement of Modifications from 29 October to 26 November 2018 and modified the draft charging schedule to incorporate these modifications. There were 40 responses to the consultation. 

The modifications relate to new evidence set out in ED23 the response to consultation on ED08 and ED24 indexed CIL charges.


On 30 July 2018, we submitted the draft charging schedule, the evidence base, and all of the representations received to the examiner Terrence Kemman-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI for examination. We held 2 consultations on modifications to the draft charging schedule in Autumn 2018.

hearing session was held on Tuesday 11 December 2018  to examine the modified draft charging schedule. The examiner published his report on 17 January 2019, recommending that the charging schedule is approved with modifications. 

You can download high resolution maps for the:

Examination documents

In preparing for the examination the examiner posed initial questions to the council and representors as follows:

View a library of all the Community Infrastructure Levy examination documents, which are summarised as a list.

Documents submitted during the CIL examination:

CIL charging schedule approved 

On 29 January 2019, the Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered the decision of the external examiner’s report published 17 January 2019 and recommended that council approve the Community Infrastructure (‘CIL’) Charging Schedule 2019, replacing CIL charging schedule September 2013.  

On 19 February 2019 Full Council approved the new Charging Schedule to take effect from 21 February 2019; (amending the day published in the report). 

You can download the approval statement and new charging schedule.

Contact details


01202 633321

Growth and Infrastructure
BCP Council
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 16 December 2020
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