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Parochial Church Council

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017

A set of blank notices and forms to use before and at the meeting are available from this website http://www.parishresources.org.uk/pccs/apcms/

Following your APCM, you should make a return to the Diocesan Office advising:

  • Who has been elected
  • The Electoral Roll figure
  • Provide data protection forms for new people

You can make this return online or via paper and post.


You can make this return online by clicking the links below:

Electoral Roll Certificate - click here to open the form

Election Results of APCM  -click here to open the form

By paper and email/post

Electoral Roll Certificate – click here to download a form to print

Election Results of APCM – click here to download a form to print

If you have used paper forms please return them to Church House.We are happy to have these scanned and emailed to apcm@chichester.anglican.org or posted to: Church House, 211 New Church Road BN3 4ED

If you are appointing new people who have not already completed a data protection form, please can each of them complete a data protection form here.This can also be emailed or returned to the above address.

What is a PCC?

A parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish. Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, but the council also acts as a focus for church affairs in the parish.

Powers and duties

Two Acts of Parliament define the powers and duties of PCCs. The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956, as amended, defines the principal functions and purpose of the PCC, which is the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent (rector, vicar or priest) or priest in charge in promoting the mission of the Church in its parish. Section 6 of the Synodical Government Measure 1969 (No. 2) Act amended the list of PCC functions originally in Section 2 of the 1956 Act.

Part II of the Church Representation Rules, contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 (No. 2), states how a PCC should be constituted. A PCC consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with a number of representatives of the laity elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting by means of being nominated and seconded at the meeting, and also being listed on the parish roll for at least six months. The incumbent is the chairman of the PCC and a lay member is appointed vice-chairman. The PCC must meet at least four times a year.

The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents, including demanding chancel repair liability from local inhabitants. These latter responsibilities are executed by churchwardens or other volunteers. It also has a voice in the forms of service used by the church and may make representations to the bishop and deanery synod on matters affecting the welfare and pastoral care of the parish

Many parish post-holders are appointed by the PCC such as sidesperson, child protection representative, treasurer, chalice bearers and sacristan. Churchwardens are elected at a meeting of parishioners held pursuant to the Churchwardens Measure 2001 (No. 1) and are ex-officio members of the PCC and its standing committee.

Charitable status

A PCC is always a charity. Since 2008 under the Charity Commission's The Excepted Church Charity Programme, only PCCs with a gross income of over £100,000 are required to register with the Charity Commission. The members of all PCCs, whether registered or not, are trustees.


PCCs were set up in 1921 by the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1921 Act as a successor to the vestries or Vestry Meetings, which had had their civil functions removed during the nineteenth century in numerous acts, concluding in 1894 with the establishment of civil parishes. The subsequent 1956 and 1969 Acts now govern the establishment and function of PCCs.