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Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015

From January 2016 there have been further changes to the rules that apply to faculty applications as the new simplified Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 come into force.

The main changes are:

There is a new national ‘A List’ of works which can be carried out on churches without a Faculty. This replaces all Diocesan De Minimus and Minor Works lists.

There is a new national ‘B List’ of works which can be carried out once the written permission of the Archdeacon has been obtained. Most of these will be repairs and routine maintenance or small works identified in the QI report. The Archdeacon must consult the DAC (usually via the Secretary) for informed informal advice, but this should be a speedy and simple process enabling parishes to get on with the work without delay. The Archdeacon may set conditions on the way the works are carried out.

The full rules and the 'A' & 'B' lists can be found on the ChurchCare website here.

All other works will still require a Faculty, although the process has been simplified in a number of respects. For further advice parishes are asked to contact Canon Stephen Roberts, the Deputy Diocesan Secretary (020 7939 9456) or Luke Tatam, the Assistant Secretary to the DAC (020 7939 9457).