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West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can set on new development in order to raise funds to help fund the infrastructure, facilities and services - such as schools or transport improvements which are needed to support new homes and businesses in the area.

Section 106 legal agreements will continue to be used alongside CIL to secure on-site infrastructure and things that are not infrastructure, such as affordable housing.

We have produced a  CIL guidance note (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) to explain how the process will work in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. We have also prepared a process chart to show a simplified verison of the CIL process (pdf, 232kb) (opens in a new window) for development which is liable for a CIL charge.

In addition more information about the CIL regulations are available on the planning practice guidance (opens in a new window) web pages.


CIL was implemented on 18 July 2016 in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

As part of the CIL process we are asking applicants to fill in an additional CIL information form (opens in a new window)  and an  assumption of liability form (opens in a new window) when applications are submitted, so that we are able to assess and calculate any CIL charge. The CIL Information Form Note (opens in a new window) provides guidance to help complete the form.

CIL forms do not need to be submitted with an outline application, instead they should be submitted with a subsequent reserved matters application which will include the full details of the proposed development.

Where a CIL liable development is proposed which does not require planning permission (permitted development) a  notice of chargeable development form (opens in a new window) must be submitted.


How we prepared the adopted CIL Schedules outlines the various stages involved in producing the adopted CIL charging schedules and includes related documents.

CIL Calculator

We have created a CIL Calculator to allow developers to calculate the potential CIL liability for their planning application should it be granted planning permission. Please note all floor space details given should be the Gross Internal Area (GIA) figures in square metres. This calculator will only give you an indicative figure, which is an approximate amount based on current information provided. A full detailed calculation, including index linking, will be provided in the liability notice. This could be higher or lower than the indicative amount.

West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland CIL Calculator (opens in a new window)

Adopted CIL charging schedules

There are two separate charging schedules, one for West Dorset and one for Weymouth and Portland. The West Dorset District Council CIL charging schedule was adopted on 22 October 2015 and the Weymouth & Portland CIL charging schedule was adopted on 15 October 2015. Each charging schedule sets the rate (based on £/sq.m.) at which CIL will be charged for different types of development.

WDDC CIL Charging Schedule (pdf, 238kb) (opens in a new window)

WPBC CIL Charging Schedule (pdf, 239kb) (opens in a new window)

What types of development require a CIL payment?

The adopted charging schedules only apply a CIL rate on proposals that create a dwelling and/or a dwelling with restricted holiday use. Affordable dwellings and essential rural workers' dwellings are excluded from a CIL charge.

All other development types are therefore set a £0 per square metre CIL rate.

What are the CIL rates and how is it calculated?

The CIL charging schedules set three different rates depending on which part of the two districts the development site is in. The rates are:

  • West Dorset - £100 per square metre
  • Weymouth - £93 per square metre
  • Portland - £80 per square metre

A map of the current CIL charging areas (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) has also been produced. If having looked at the map if you are still unsure about which charging area your site is located in then please contact us. 

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 6-12 of our CIL guidance note (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

When do I pay CIL and is there an instalment policy?

CIL is payable upon commencement of development. Any CIL payment up to £60,000 has to be paid in full within 60 days of commencement of development, and any CIL payments greater than £60,000 can be paid in three instalments with full payment due 540 days from commencement of development. This is laid out in further detail in our adopted instalment policy (pdf, 225kb) (opens in a new window).

What forms do I need to submit and when?

The CIL Regulations set out a clear statutory process for the collection of CIL that both applicants and planning authorities must follow. This process requires the submission of a number of standard forms by the applicant and the issue of a number of statutory notices by us. For an overview of each form and when it should be submitted please see:

What if I think the CIL charge for my development is incorrect?

Please contact us at with 'CIL Review' followed by your planning application number in the subject box to discuss this with us. To find out how to formally appeal against your CIL charge please see page 20 of our CIL guidance note (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

What if I don't pay or follow the correct steps in the CIL process?

Where the CIL payment procedure is not followed correctly 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. Page 17 of our CIL guidance note (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) provides details about when surcharges and enforcement procedures can be applied.

Can I claim relief from paying CIL?

In most cases CIL will be a fixed non-negotiable charge on development. However there are some forms of relief and exemptions available to give relief from paying the CIL charge. Further information regarding these can be found on pages 18-19 of our CIL guidance note (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) and additional information can be found on the Planning Practice Guidance website (opens in a new window).

We have also produced a note to provide more information about CIL relief for self build and custom build projects (pdf, 101kb) (opens in a new window).

  • How will it be spent

    The Community Infrastructure Levy will be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of new development.

  • Charging schedules

    The CIL charging schedules for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland were adopted in October 2015.

  • Developer Contributions

    Guidance has been produced on how and when planning obligations will be required for development in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland.

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