From 1 January 2016, new faculty jurisdiction rules are in force. This means that you may not need a faculty for works that have required one in the past. Works are now divided between those that require no permissions (List A), those that can be authorised by your archdeacon (List B) and those that require a faculty. This replaces the de minimis list. Please read our brief introduction to the new rules here.

You can read the full legislation here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1568/contents/made.

Lists A and B are available here.

The Chancellor of the Diocese has issued an Additional Matters Order  in respect of routine maintenance and repair of church buildings and churchyard walls. This is now in force. The Schedule to the Order sets out further works, in addition to those listed in List B in the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, which the archdeacon can authorise on the same basis.

Making an application

Please use our new online application system to apply for Faculties and List B works (works that can be approved by the archdeacon). The online application system is available at: https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/. You can find guidance on registering for the online system here.

There is no longer a separate application process for tree works – these now form part of the Lists A/B and Faculty process. Guidance on carrying out tree works is available here.

  • Please note that private petitions, the exhumation of human remains, the reservation of a grave space, and the introduction of monuments or memorials cannout be applied for through this system. Please contact the Diocesan Registry in these cases.

Emergency Works

If you find yourself needing to carry out works that require a faculty as a matter of emergency, please contact the Diocesan Registry or the DAC office and they can advise you on the correct procedure to follow.

Faculty Forms

If for some reason, you are unable to use the online application system, the application forms are available for download below. These forms are for use by parish churches – college and school chapels should contact the diocesan registry for alternative forms, or use the online system.

Form 1A (standard information): Word

With the editable Word document you may add text but you may not alter the form. From January 2014 this must be provided when applying to the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Form 3A (Petition for faculty): Word

With the editable Word document you may enter text into the form at the appropriate points.  However, you must include all the wording which appears on the form, without other alteration.

Form 4A (Public Notice): Word

With the editable Word document  your proposed work may be inserted into the form at the appropriate point.  However, you must include all the wording which appears on the form, without other alteration, and the section which invites objectors to give notice of their objection must be clearly visible when the notice is on display.

Other Information

Making changes to your listed church building

A guidance note from General Synod.

Supplementary Fees

A guidance note from the Diocesan Registrar on supplementary faculty fees for personal applications and additional correspondence

Public notices for major works