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Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and council spending

We have a statutory responsibility to make the details of the Community Infrastructure Levy that we have collected and spent publicly available. You can find this information in our annual CIL reports. Town and Parish Councils also publish annual reports on Neighbourhood CIL collected and spent on their websites. 

How we allocate CIL

Strategic CIL

CIL is allocated to essential strategic infrastructure such as school expansion projects, highways, flood defences and waste facilities required to enable housing growth allocated in our Development Plan. We identify the infrastructure required for the district in our Infrastructure Delivery Plan. We draw up a CIL Infrastructure List, containing a list of types of infrastructure that CIL funding can be spent on. 

First we allocate money to the Parish Council or local area where the CIL was generated (generally around 20-25%, see below) and we use 5% of the total charge for the administration of CIL. The remainder (generally 70% or 80%) makes up our Strategic CIL budget. Read more on how we spend Strategic CIL.

Neighbourhood CIL

A proportion of the CIL funds collected from new developments is passed to the Town or Parish Council where the CIL was generated, for that council to address local priorities.

The neighbourhood portion of CIL can be spent on a winder range of items than the Strategic CIL, provided that these items support the development of the local area. This means that neighbourhood CIL may fund parish needs which aren't strictly 'infastructure', such as affordable housing. 

We allocate these funds as follows:

  • 25% in areas with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan

  • 15% (up to a maximum of £100 per tax year, per existing council tax dwelling) to other parish and town councils

As Bath has no town or parish council, we retain 15% for allocation in the Bath City area. The Bath City Forum, representing the community in Bath, makes recommendations on allocating  CIL funds. The council's Cabinet makes the final decision on the spending of the Bath neighbourhood portion. For further details, see the Bath Forum Neighbourhood CIL page.

For parish and town councils, we have published guidance on how to manage the spending of Neighbourhood CIL funds. 

CIL administration

We spend 5% of our total CIL revenue per year on the costs of running the scheme.