Under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, works covered by List B can be undertaken by an 'authorised person' provided that the Archdeacon has been consulted and has agreed that a faculty is not required and has given their approval. The Archdeacon should seek the advice of the DAC, or one of its members or officers, before issuing an Archdeacon's Notice authorising the works. The Church Buildings team processes List B applications on behalf of the Archdeacons.
Making a List B application
To apply for the Archdeacon’s permission, please make an application by submitting the following information:
- A List B application form
- Supporting information including details of the works to be carried out
- A quotation
- Photographs of the area
- A PCC motion
Applications should be submitted by email to email@example.com (or by post to Church House, Hove, if preferred). It is hoped that the Online Faculty System will be launched this summer, making it possible to submit applications online.
What supporting information is needed?
The amount and type of supporting documentation needed varies depending on the nature of the works.
For an application to dispose of some modern chairs, some photographs of the chairs and an explanation as to why the chairs are no longer needed would be sufficient.
For an application for a replacement boiler (using the existing pipework and flue), a detailed quotation and schedule of works from a contractor and photographs of the existing boiler and surroundings should be submitted.
For works to historic fabric, such as repointing or stonework repairs, more information is often needed. Generally, the relevant section from the latest quinquennial inspection report and a specification and schedule of works should be submitted and it is helpful to submit as much information as possible.
What happens next?
The Church Buildings team will check the information that has been submitted and let you know if further information is required. The application is generally sent to a DAC member, who reviews the information supplied and advises the Archdeacon on whether or not they feel the proposals should be approved and whether they have any concerns or would advise including any conditions. The Archdeacon then reviews the application and advice received. Once the Archdeacon has confirmed they are happy to authorise the works, the Church Buildings team issue an Archdeacon’s Notice of Approval authorising the works, usually by email.
Most applications are processed within 1-2 weeks, once all of the information needed has been received. If your application is particularly urgent, please let the Church Buildings team know and they will do their best to expedite your application, if possible.
It’s best to double-check that the works are definitely covered by List B well in advance (as faculty applications take significantly longer) and to apply for List permission at least a month before the works are planned to start, in case there are any unexpected delays.
Please note that List B application must be made in advance and that Archdeacons are not able to give retrospective approval; if the works start without an Archdeacon’s Notice having been issued, the parish would need to apply for a confirmatory faculty.
Archdeacon’s Notices are generally valid for one year. If you realise that you are not going to be able to complete the works within the year, please get in touch with the Church Buildings team, who will be able to organise for the Archdeacon's Notice to be extended.
Help with applications
If you are making an application for the first time, have any doubts about whether the works are covered by List B, or would like to discuss your application and what to submit, please get in touch with the Church Buildings team.