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Relief and exemptions from CIL

For certain types of development, relief or exemptions may be granted for CIL. These include:

  • social housing relief
  • charitable relief
  • self-build exemption - whole house
  • self-build exemption - residential annex
  • self-build exemption - residential extension

Please note that relief or exemptions are not automatically applied, these must be claimed by using the relevant forms. Your exemption/relief form must be submitted, and an acknowledgement from us received, before you commence work. Failure to do so will mean that relief cannot be granted. There are a number of other conditions dependent on each type of relief being applied for. You must provide all the information requested. 

In all cases, the claimant must assume liability before applying for relief/exemption, and must submit a commencement notice prior to development starting.

Information notices

In some cases, the Council may issue an Information Notice to seek further information on which to determine the appeal and this must be complied with. Failure to comply means we may impose penalties.

Impact of transferring liability on relief

If you assume liability and apply for, and then receive, relief and then wish to transfer liability to another party you should note that the relief will not transfer to the new liable party. This is to prevent relief being granted on land where the land is then sold for higher profits.  Following transfer, the new liable party will need to apply for relief, providing all the necessary evidence.

State aid

State aid, in whatever form, may distort competition and affect trade by favouring certain parties or the production of certain goods, and is incompatible with the common market. Rules on state aid stem from a European Treaty.

All exemptions or relief from the CIL must be given in accordance with state aid rules. A collecting or charging authority must determine whether or not giving the exemption or relief would constitute a state aid.

More details on CIL and state aid can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Relief and exemptions from CIL

Please note that relief or exemptions are not automatically applied, these must be claimed by using the relevant forms. Your exemption/relief form must be submitted to the email address below and an acknowledgement from us received, before you commence work.

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