Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy
The Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) applies to most new developments in London granted planning permission on or after 1 April 2012. MCIL raises money towards the Elizabeth line (currently being built by Crossrail Ltd) and Crossrail 2, and is collected by local planning authorities on behalf of the Mayor.
On 1 April 2019, the Mayor's new charging schedule MCIL2 took effect. MCIL2 supersedes MCIL1 and the Crossrail Funding Supplementary Planning Guidance and will apply to all planning permissions granted from 1 April 2019 and may also apply to some phased planning permissions granted before 1 April 2019.
MCIL2 is payable on most developments in London at these rates:
Band 1 boroughs - £80 per square metre
Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond-upon-Thames and Wandsworth
Band 2 boroughs - £60 per square metre
Barnet, Brent, Bromley, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, London Legacy Development Corporation, Merton, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Band 3 boroughs - £25 per square metre
Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Croydon, Greenwich, Havering, Newham and Sutton.
Office, Retail and Hotel Development in the Central and Isle of Dogs Charging Areas
Office - £185 per square metre
Retail - £165 per square metre
Hotel - £140 per square metre
Health and education uses across London are charged at a nil rate.
Annual CIL rate summary
For CIL liable planning permissions granted in the calendar year 2020, applicable Mayoral CIL rates adjusted for inflation are detailed in the MCIL Annual CIL Rate Summary 2020.
MCIL online map
To help local planning authorities and developers, we have developed a searchable online map showing the relevant MCIL2 charges across London.
The MCIL2 maps and shape files are also available in the GLA Datastore.
MCIL and planning permission
Developers must submit a CIL information form as part of the planning application process. The form is available on the relevant local planning authorities website or on the planning portal. The local planning authority will use the form to help establish whether or not a development is liable for a CIL charge.
The local planning authority determines the final CIL charge and is responsible for collecting MCIL on behalf of the Mayor along with any borough CIL (where relevant).
Exemptions and relief
Depending on the circumstances, the following forms of exemptions and/or relief from the MCIL may be available:
- Minor development exemption
- Charitable relief
- Social housing relief
- Self-build exemption (for a whole house)
- Self-build exemption (for a residential annexe or extension)
Any questions relating to exemptions or relief should be discussed with the relevant collecting authority.
MCIL annual report
The annual report sets out the income and expenditure of Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) receipts in accordance with Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended).
Information for boroughs
CIL Collection Group
The CIL Collection Group (CCG) is a forum of officers from local planning authorities and Mayoral development corporations (known as 'collecting authorities'), TfL and the GLA. It was established to look at issues around the implementation and collection of the Mayoral CIL.
Borough CIL Progress Tracker
We produce a 'Progress Tracker' to show the progress London's boroughs have made in introducing or revising their own local CILs. It's regularly updated from CCG meetings and communication we have with the boroughs.
CIL reporting to TfL by boroughs
All London collecting authorities use this standard form to report progress on CIL-liable developments and the collection of CIL receipts to TfL on a quarterly basis.