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 raised money towards financing the Elizabeth line (built by Crossrail Ltd). MCIL is collected by local planning authorities on behalf of the Mayor.

The Elizabeth line opened on 24 May 2022, but MCIL receipts will continue to be used to repay Crossrail borrowing (bar a small administration fee). The GLA has until 31 March 2043 to service this debt.

MCIL2 superseded MCIL1 and the Crossrail Funding Supplementary Planning Guidance in 2019. It applies 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 2022, applicable Mayoral CIL rates adjusted for inflation are detailed in the MCIL Annual CIL Rate Summary 2022.

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 authority's 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 local 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 Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) receipts since 2012.

Information for collecting authorities

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.

CIL reporting to TfL by collecting authorities

All London collecting authorities use this standard form to report progress on Mayoral CIL-liable developments and the collection of MCIL receipts to TfL on a quarterly basis.

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