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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on a new development to contribute to support or refurbish existing infrastructure.

Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Agreements

Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Agreements

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new development which contributes to the provision of infrastructure or refurbishment of existing provision to support the additional burden new development makes on both local and strategic infrastructure. Somerset East (former Mendip district area) do not charge Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Section 106 Agreements

Section 106 agreements are used to make a development proposal acceptable in planning terms, that would not otherwise be acceptable, and are focused on the mitigation of site specific impacts.

In areas applying Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106 Agreements will still exist but will be scaled back to deal mainly with the provision of affordable housing and with predominantly site specific measures that are required to reduce the impact of development. There may be some situations where a development proposal results in the loss of existing facilities or site features, and the council may require the replacement of those losses. This could be either by the developer replacing the facilities or site features, or through a financial contribution that would be set out in a Section 106 Agreement. It is therefore entirely possible for a development to have a Section 106 Agreement in place and also have to pay Community Infrastructure Levy.

Infrastructure Funding Statements must be published each year by the Council presenting the amount of money that have been received through Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 Agreements and how it has been spent.

For further information see related pages.

Last reviewed: March 22, 2024 by Sophie

Next review due: September 22, 2024

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