CIL Watch: New draft regulations allow councils to defer levy payments

New regulations were laid before parliament this week which will pave the way for deferral of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments where firms are experiencing financial difficulties connected with the Covid-19 outbreak.

New homes: Regulations pave way for deferral of CIL payments
New homes: Regulations pave way for deferral of CIL payments

The Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, introduced to parliament on Tuesday, will allow developers to seek extensions to CIL payments.

To qualify for a deferral, the developer will have to show that is has an annual turnover of less then £45 million. It will also have to have been served with a demand notice for a CIL payment by a collecting authority and be required to pay the CIL in the period between the regulations coming into force and 31st July 2021.

In addition, the developer must also be “experiencing financial difficulties for reasons connected to the effects of coronavirus resulting in difficulty paying that amount”, the draft regulations state.

Collecting authorities will have 40 days in which to consider such applications for deferral, under the new rules.

But where a Mayoral CIL is also in place, the regulations state that the collecting authority may only grant a deferral request for that CIL amount “if the mayor is of the view that it is appropriate for any CIL payment charged by the mayor to be deferred under this regulation”.

Draft guidance already published states that applications for deferral should be in writing and received “no more than 14 days before or as soon as practicable after the date on which the CIL payment is due”.



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