The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule for Southampton came into effect on 1 September 2013. The CIL is a standard, non-negotiable charge applicable to developments where there is a net increase of 100 square metre of floor space or the creation of one or more dwellings.

The charge varies between different use classes as follows:

  • Retail use  (Class A1 - A5) are charged at £43 per square metre*
  • Residential use (Class C3, C4, and Sui Generis Houses in Multiple Occupation) including self-contained student flats and cluster flats are charged at £70 per square metre*. Further information is set out in The Planning Inspector's report.

There is no charge for 

  • Hotel use (Class C1) 
  • Residential Institution use (Class C2)
  • Community use (Class D1) 
  • Business use (Class B1, B2, B8) and other commercial uses not specified above

From 1 September 2020 Use Classes A, B1 and D are repealed. The application and effect of the Charging Schedule will remain unchanged but, for clarification, references in the Charging Schedule to these Use Classes should be interpreted with the following meanings:

Retail (definition of uses within Use Class A prior to 1 September 2020)

Shops

Use for all or any of the following purposes—

(a) for the retail sale of goods other than hot food,
(b) as a post office,
(c) for the sale of tickets or as a travel agency,
(d) for the sale of sandwiches or other cold food for consumption off the premises,
(e) for hairdressing,
(f) for the direction of funerals,
(g) for the display of goods for sale,
(h) for the hiring out of domestic or personal goods or articles,
(i) for the washing or cleaning of clothes or fabrics on the premises,
(j) for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired,
(k) as an internet café; where the primary purpose of the premises is to provide facilities for enabling members of the public to access the internet,

where the sale, display or service is to visiting members of the public.

Financial and professional services

Use for the provision of—

(a) financial services, or
(b) professional services (other than health or medical services), or
(c) any other services (including use as a betting office) which it is appropriate to provide in a shopping area,


where the services are provided principally to visiting members of the public.

Restaurants and cafes

Use for the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises.

Drinking establishments

Use as a public house, wine-bar or other drinking establishment

Hot food takeaways

Use for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

Community Uses (definition of uses within Use Class D1 prior to 1 September 2020)

Non-residential institutions

Any use not including a residential use—

(a) for the provision of any medical or health services except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner,
(b) as a creche, day nursery or day centre,
(c) for the provision of education,
(d) for the display of works of art (otherwise than for sale or hire),
(e) as a museum,
(f) as a public library or public reading room,
(g) as a public hall or exhibition hall,
(h) for, or in connection with, public worship or religious instruction,
(i) as a law court.

Business (definition of uses within Use Class B1 prior to 1 September 2020, references in Charging Schedule to B2 and B8 are unchanged)

Use for all or any of the following purposes—

(a) as an office (other than a use within financial and professional services in ‘Retail’ above),
(b) for research and development of products or processes, or
(c) for any industrial process,

being a use which can be carried out in any residential area without detriment to the amenity of that area by reason of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, soot, ash, dust or grit.

From 1 January 2020 the indexed CIL rate is as follows:

  • £64.12 per sq. m for retail use
  • £104.38 per sq. m for residential use

From 1 January 2021 the indexed CIL will be as follows:

  • £63.92 per sq. m for retail use
  • £104.06 per sq. m for residential use
*This figure is index linked for inflation and updated annually using the RICS CIL Index, which is based on the BCIS All-In Tender Price Index and is published on the RICS website.