The MCIL applies to most new developments in London granted planning permission on or after 1 April 2012. The Levy raises money towards the Elizabeth line (currently being built by Crossrail Ltd.) and is collected by the London boroughs on behalf of the Mayor.

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The Levy is payable on most developments in London at these rates:

Zone 1 boroughs - £50 per square metre

Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond-upon-Thames and Wandsworth

Zone 2 boroughs - £35 per square metre

Barnet, Brent, Bromley, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Redbridge, Southwark and Tower Hamlets

Zone 3 boroughs - £20 per square metre

Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Croydon, Enfield, Havering, Newham, Sutton and Waltham Forest

Health and education uses are charged at a nil rate.

MCIL and planning permission

Developers must submit a CIL information form as part of the planning application process. 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 is responsible for collecting MCIL on behalf of the Mayor along with any borough CIL (where relevant). The local planning authority determines the final CIL charge.

MCIL2 Examination in Public (EiP)

We are helping the Mayor to introduce new rates and criteria for MCIL.

The Mayor has done two rounds of public consultation on a proposed MCIL2 Charging Schedule, considered the comments made and appointed an independent examiner to conduct an Examination in Public (EiP) into the Draft Charging Schedule in late 2018.

The plan is for MCIL2 to supersede MCIL1 from April 2019. Both MCIL1 and MCIL2 contribute to the funding of the projects being built by Crossrail Ltd. 

CIL calculator

The CIL calculator produced by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and TfL indicates the likely level of CIL payable. This is for guidance only. The collecting authority must still calculate the correct levy in accordance with the current regulations.

Exemptions and relief

Some developments may be exempt or eligible for relief from the Mayoral CIL. They include:

  • Social housing provided by a local housing authority, registered social landlord or registered provider of social housing and shared ownership housing
  • Charities, where the development will be used for charitable purposes
  • Structures or buildings that people only enter for the purpose of inspecting or maintaining fixed plant or machinery
  • Domestic house extensions
  • Proposals that do not create or result in more than 100 square metres of additional floorspace (unless it would create a separate dwelling)

The Levy is non-negotiable, so any questions relating to exemptions or relief should be discussed with the relevant collecting authority.

Information for boroughs

CIL Collection Group

The CIL Collection Group (CCG) is a forum of officers from local planning authorities (known as 'collecting authorities'), TfL, GLA, London Revenues Group, Department for Communities and Local Government and the Planning Inspectorate. It was established to look at issues around the implementation and collection of the Mayoral CIL.

Borough CIL Progress Tracker

We produce a regular 'Tracker' to show the progress London's boroughs have made in introducing their own local CILs. It's 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.

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