Community Infrastructure Levy surcharges and other penalties

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations 2010 (as amended) contain enforcement provisions, aimed at ensuring the CIL collection process is adhered to, by giving collecting authorities the power to issue a range of surcharges, stop notices, and recover funds by legal action if necessary.

Collection and enforcement arrangements are supported by the right to appeal certain decisions.

Authorities may charge:

  • A £50 surcharge if nobody has assumed liability to pay CIL before the development has commenced
  • A £500 surcharge to each relevant person where the authority is required to apportion liability between each material interest in the relevant land
  • An amount equal to 20% of the chargeable amount, or £2,500 (whichever is the lower amount), where development starts without the Authority first receiving the Commencement Notice
  • An amount equal to 5% of the chargeable amount, or £200 (whichever is the greater amount), where payment is not received by the end of a period of 30 days, and then if still not received after 6 months another 5% is charged, and a further 5% is charge if still not received after 12 months
  • An amount equal to 20% or £1,000 (whichever is the lower amount), for failure to comply with any request from the authority for further information

Late Payment Interest

Interest must be paid on the relevant amount if it is not received on the day it is due, calculated at an annual rate of 2.5% above the Bank of England base rate.

Warning Notice and Stop Notice

A warning notice will first be issued if the relevant authority intends to impose a CIL stop notice. It will do so if the CIL amount has not been paid, and if the Authority thinks it expedient to stop development until the amount is paid. 

It is an offence to contravene a CIL stop notice. A person convicted of an offence under the CIL Regulations (2010) is liable to pay a fine which is determined in court. The authority can apply to the court for an injunction if it considers it necessary.