In December 2010 the Government invited volunteer councils to become part of the Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners project, designed to support councils implementing the Community Infrastructure Levy in their local area. That project is now underway and "In response to the high demand for the first phase of the project" the Government then sought councils to take part in "Community Infrastructure Levy Front Runners 2". Its search for "a pioneering group of authorities that are not only committed to introducing the levy in their local area, but are also keen to demonstrate what planning and in particular the Community Infrastructure Levy can achieve at the forefront of the Big Society" has now been completed, and on 29 June named the 20 chosen councils. They were:

  • London Borough of Barnet
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Cambridgeshire Horizons (East Cambs DC & Huntingdonshire DC)
  • Chelmsford Borough Council
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Havant Borough Council
  • London Borough of Islington
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Redcar and Cleveland Council
  • St Helens Council
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Torbay Council
  • London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Wycombe District Council