Applying for permission
Under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, which came into effect in January 2016 and were subsequently amended by legislation that came into effect on 1st April 2020 (please click here for a version that incorporates all of the changes). Under the current Rules, there are three levels of works to church buildings:
- List A – works for which no permission or consultation is needed
- List B – works that require the permission of the Archdeacon
- Faculty - works that are not covered by List A or List B, which require a faculty by default
What level of permission do I need to apply for?
Please note that, in order to proceed with the works under List A or List B, you must be able to meet any specified conditions listed on the right side of the table.
If you are confident that the works come under List A, no consultation or permission is needed but the works should be recorded in your parish log book. You may also like to record List A works on the Online Faculty System so that there is an online record for your successors.
If the works come under List B, please make an application for the Archdeacon’s permission, using the List B process.
If the works will need to be authorised by a faculty, please refer to the guidance on making a faculty application.
If in doubt…
If you are in any doubt about the level of permission needed, please get in touch with the Church Buildings team, your Archdeacon, or your Inspecting Architect/Surveyor to discuss.