Further details on CIL amendment for self builders

Published March 18th, 2014

Further details have emerged in Shropshire regarding the changes to the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) regulations that will exempt CIL payments for residential extensions and self-build projects.

CIL is a tax imposed by councils on building developments which is invested back into the community in infrastructure projects such as roads and schools.

“The amendment could save thousands of pounds for self builders and encourage those who have put building projects on the back burner to crack on with them, helping to stimulate house building,” said Stuart Thomas, planning consultant in Berrys’ Shrewsbury office.


He said Shropshire Council has confirmed:

• The exemption is applicable to homes built or commissioned by individuals for their own use

• Community group self-build projects also qualify for the exemption

• Exemption also applies to extensions and residential annexes

• Applicants can apply for self-build at any time as long as their development has not commenced

• The exemption cannot be applied retrospectively

• On completion they must provide requested supporting evidence and property must remain their principal residence for a minimum of three years

• If personal circumstances change and the applicant wants to dispose of the property before the three year occupancy limit expires they must notify the charging authority and the levy then becomes payable in full

For further details and advice on planning issues please contact Stuart Thomas at Berrys on 01743 267069, mobile 07747 474340 or email

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More about Stuart Thomas

Head of Planning & Development
Tel: 01743 267069
Mobile: 07747 474340

Stuart has an MA in Town Planning and Development, an honours degree in Human Geography, is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a PRINCE II Project Management Qualified Practitioner. He joined Berrys in May 2013 and became a partner of the firm in April 2014. He is Head of Planning, responsible for the delivery of planning services across all five offices. Prior to joining Berrys, Stuart held a number of senior Council positions including Head of Development Control at North Shropshire District Council and Area Planning Manager at Shropshire Council.

Stuart has 15 years of experience is all aspects of planning. Specific areas of expertise include agricultural and intensive poultry planning, affordable housing, strategic residential, renewable and commercial developments and rural housing. Stuart has also considerable experience in understanding the finer detail of National Planning Policy, Community Infrastructure Levy, S106 negotiations and planning appeals.