Why do I need to read this guide?

 This toolkit explains what we mean by infrastructure, how Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rates are set, how much CIL funding neighbourhood planning groups can receive and how CIL can be spent. 

What will I learn from this guide?

  • What is the CIL and what do neighbourhood planners need to know about it?
  • How CIL can be spent 
  • How does having a ‘made’ neighbourhood plan affect the amount of CIL groups can receive ?

 When should I read this guide? 

You should read this guide before you start writing your neighbourhood plan and when you are drafting policies in your plan. 

Further reading 

You may also find it useful to read How to assess and allocate sites for development and the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap.


A revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) is currently being prepared by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Therefore any references to the NPPF and PPG within our toolkits and guidance documents may need to change and could be out of date when the revised NPPF is published. Please be aware of this when reading our documents.

Understanding Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) (3.7MB pdf)