Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

On 6 April 2015, Bracknell Forest Council commenced charging the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The following documents set out the council’s CIL charging regime

Section 106 Planning Obligations, although scaled back, will continue to operate alongside CIL in the funding and delivery of infrastructure to support growth. View the council’s approach to securing Planning Obligations.

What is CIL?

The CIL is a charge on new development payable to Bracknell Forest Council. It will be used to address demands of growth, including funding infrastructure such as new schools and transport improvements, needed to support new development in the borough. For more information, visit the Government’s guidance on the operation of CIL.

Is your development CIL liable?

All applicants for full planning permission, including householder applications and reserved matters following an outline planning permission (and applicants for lawful development certificates), are required to complete a CIL Additional Information Requirement form providing the information upon which any CIL liability can be assessed.

To find out if your development is liable for CIL and how this may affect your planning application, please visit our page about how to make a planning application.


Guidance is also available on the Department for Communities and Local Government's planning practice guidance website.

Replacement dwellings and householder extensions

CIL charges are not normally applied to applications for replacement dwellings and householder extensions (unless the householder extension creates a new dwelling).

Please note, for applications to replace an existing dwelling, if the dwelling is demolished during the course of application being determined the proposed development, if approved, will be CIL liable as the net increase of 1 residential (Use Class C3) dwelling is liable for a CIL rate in the Bracknell Forest Council CIL Charging Schedule unless it is erected in Central Bracknell. This includes section 73 applications that propose an increase in floorspace to these type of developments that have been granted planning permission and where demolition has occurred before the decision.

If the dwelling is demolished during the course of the section 73 application being determined, the proposed increase in floorspace of the approved development is CIL liable. In addition, as demolition is considered to be development (Section 56 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)), applicants would be unable to claim the exemption for self build housing that is contained in the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) (paragraph 54A and 54B) unless a claim for the exemption is made before the demolition has taken place.

Estimating CIL liability

You can use our CIL estimator to help you estimate liability for CIL.

Indexation for CIL increased on 1 January 2017, the estimator will reflect this increase in any calculations.

Excel file downloadCIL estimator (Excel, 110kb)

What CIL charging zone is the development in?

CIL charging zones in Bracknell Forest are shown on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) map, which will help you to identify what zone a development is within.

Adoption of CIL

The council’s CIL examination took place on 21 November 2014. Following receipt of the PDF file downloadExaminer’s report (PDF, 236kb), the council, at its meeting on 25 February 2015, decided to commence CIL charging on 6 April 2015.

Annual return

The following report identifies how much Bracknell Forest Council CIL income was received for the relevant period, including how the income was spent.

PDF file downloadCIL Annual Return 2015 to 2016 (PDF, 96kb)

CIL queries

CIL queries relating to development in Bracknell Forest can be emailed to, and we will do our best to help.

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