Section 106 planning obligations

About the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and how it's being introduced by councils in Suffolk and information on the Section 106 Developers Guide.

Suffolk's public service providers have worked together to produce guidance on the countywide approach to developer contributions.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

A Community Infrastructure Levy is a standard charge on developments that will replace some of the obligations currently created under Section 106 agreements. 

The CIL is governed by The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Most of Suffolk's local planning authorities are aiming to introduce a CIL charging schedule as stated below:

  • Suffolk Coastal District Council has adopted a CIL charging schedule
  • Waveney District Council has adopted a CIL charging schedule
  • Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils adopted a CIL charging schedule in January 2016 and will start charging on planning permissions granted from 11 April 2016
  • Forest Heath district and St Edmundsbury borough councils’ timetable is currently unclear
  • Ipswich Borough Council is considering whether to move to the next consultation stage

The Government has produced guidance on the CIL (PDF, 160KB).

Section 106 agreement

Download the Section 106 Developers Guide to Infrastructure Contributions in Suffolk (PDF, 1.2MB).

A section 106 agreement is a private agreement made between the local planning authority and developers or landowners setting out:

All planning authorities, including the county, district and borough councils, have worked together to produce a countywide guide to Section 106 Agreements. It is not definitive but it will give you an idea of what obligations to expect.

The government sets out how it expects planning obligations, including section 106 agreements, to be used in the following statutory guidance:

Further information on the guide

The Code of Practice Protocol (PDF, 120KB) is an agreed approach that explains how local planning authorities and service providers will assess developer contributions. 

Borough or district councils are responsible for most planning decisions.

The following documents provide further information about the infrastructure requirements in chapter 4 of the Developers Guide:

Contact us 

For further information contact our Development Contributions Manager, Neil McManus, at