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 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
*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.