The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy which the Council will charge on many new developments.  The money raised will help to pay for the infrastructure needed across the city as a result of growth, such as schools, strategic greenspace, flood defences, and strategic transport improvements.

CIL was adopted by Full Council on 2nd November 2016, and the charges will be implemented across Newcastle’s charging areas from the 14th November 2016.  Please note that any relevant planning applications which have not been granted before 14th November 2016 will be liable to pay the CIL.

The Adopted Charging Schedule can be downloaded from the Documents section of this page, along with the Residential and Commercial Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List and the Instalments Policy.

Below is our interactive map of the CIL areas.  There is a map for Commercial Zones, and one for Residential Zones.  You can zoom in and move around, click on the area to identify, and switch the aerial photography on or off.  Click the top left button to view the list of zones and see the key.  Click the top right button to open the map up in a bigger screen, including a text search facility to locate a specific address.

CIL Calculator

  • An interactive CIL Calculator will be available here shortly for you to work out any charges applicable to your development.

Implementation of CIL

A Developers Guide has been added to the Documents section of this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process will work, including what CIL information will need to be submitted with planning applications and before commencement as well types of relief available. It contains links to the Planning Portal CIL page which provides links to the relevant forms to be submitted before you commence your development. A wide range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can also be viewed in the Documents section.

The CIL will be charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location.  It will replace the current tariff based system of planning obligations (Section 106 Agreements). S106s will though continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing will also continue as previously. An SPD has been adopted by the City which identifies what will be expected to be secured through planning obligations and is available in the Documents section.
The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Newcastle.

Spending the CIL

The CIL funds generated will be spent in compliance with the CIL Regulations (Regulation 59) and in accordance with City Council’s Regulation 123 list of strategic infrastructure.

Up to 5% of the levy receipts can be spent on administering and enforcing the levy and are allocated for such purposes.


CIL Rate Setting

Newcastle City Council undertook various stages of formal consultation in preparing the CIL Charging Schedule:

The Examination hearing session took place on 21 – 22 April 2016 and the Examiner’s report did not recommend any substantive changes to the Draft Charging Schedule.

The CIL documents from these earlier stages can be found on the Newcastle City Council CIL Examination Web Page.

CIL Regulation 62 6 monthly Monitoring Report


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Page last updated: 
16 November 2018
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