Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) applies in Reading. CIL is a charge on new development which is used to fund provision of infrastructure needed to support such development. New development of more than 100 square metres or which results in a new dwelling is potentially liable to pay CIL.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Advice to Applicants contains more detail on the operation of CIL in Reading.  Further information is on the national Planning Portal website, which includes the relevant forms for different stages of CIL.

The Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule sets out how much is charged in Reading for different uses. This should be read in conjunction with the Annual CIL Rate Summary, which takes account of the result of indexation.

The approach to the allocation and spend of CIL is detailed in a CIL Spend Protocol, the most recent version of which was agreed in February 2021. Details of how CIL has been spent and the future priorities for spend are set out in the annual Infrastructure Funding Statement.

Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule

Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule

Community Infrastructure Levy advice to applicants

Annual CIL Rate Summary 2021

Community Infrastructure Levy Regulation 123 List

Annual CIL Rate Summary

Reading Borough Council’s Charging Schedule, Annual CIL Rate Summary, is set out in the table below. This has been prepared in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 2008 and the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 (as amended).

Reading Borough Council, as the Planning Authority, is the Charging Authority (CA).

This Charging Schedule took effect on 01/04/2015.

The Annual CIL Rate year is 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.

Schedule of rates

UseCharging zone locationIndex figure for 2015Index figure for 2022Charge £/m2
Residential / Hotels / Sheltered Housing/ Private Rented Hostel Accommodation (including student accommodation) Boroughwide 255 332 £156.24
Care homes (those providing nursing care and fully catered) Boroughwide 255 332 £0.00
A1 Retail Central Reading* 255 332 £0.00
A1 Retail of 2000m2 and over (including foodstores) Remainder of Borough 255 332 £195.29
A1 Retail of under 2000m2 (including foodstores) Remainder of Borough 255 332 £0.00
Offices Central Core** 255 332 £39.06
All other chargeable developments Boroughwide 255 332 £0.00

* Reading Central Area: defined in the Reading Local Plan (adopted 2019) , ** Walk time catchment of Reading Rail Station

Yearly figures since the adoption of the Charging schedule

UseCharging zone locationCharge £/ m2 2015Charge £/ m2 2016Charge £/ m2 2017 Charge £/ m2 2018Charge £/ m2 2019Charge £/ m2 2020Charge £/ m2 2021
Residential / Hotels / Sheltered Housing/ Private Rented Hostel Accommodation (including student accommodation) Boroughwide     £120.00     £128.94     £134.59     £147.29     £148.24     £157.18     £156.71
Care homes (those providing nursing care and fully catered) Boroughwide   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00
A1 Retail Central Reading* £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
A1 Retail of 2000m2 and over (including foodstores) Remainder of Borough   £150.00   £161.18   £168.24   £184.12   £185.29   £196.47   £195.88
A1 Retail of under 2000m2 (including foodstores) Remainder of Borough   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00   £0.00
Offices Central Core** £30.00 £32.24 £33.65 £36.82 £37.06 £39.29 £39.18
All other chargeable developments Boroughwide £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

* Reading Central Area: defined in the Reading Local Plan (adopted 2019) , ** Walk time catchment of Reading Rail Station

Neighbourhood CIL

According to the CIL Regulations, 15% of CIL within Reading should be spent in the relevant area in which development takes place (referred to as 15% local CIL, or neighbourhood CIL). As Reading has no parish councils to which to pass these funds, the agreed CIL Protocol sets out proposals for how this will be allocated.

Among those proposals is an opportunity for infrastructure schemes to be put forward to be considered for funding by neighbourhood CIL.

Nominate an infrastructure scheme for funding online

The allocation of neighbourhood CIL generally takes place annually in spring.  To be considered for funding, a nomination must have been received by the end of the November for the proposed scheme to be fully investigated.