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Getting Advice


The Church of England’s church buildings benefit from ‘Ecclesiastical Exemption’ from secular listed building controls. This means that Listed Building Consent is not needed for alterations to its listed churches and cathedrals.

Cathedrals have this exemption because the Government has agreed that the system of control set out in the Care of Cathedrals Measure adequately protects their special character and interest.

The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) is the national body overseeing certain types of work to the Church’s cathedrals in England under the Measure.

The Commission determines applications made to it for approval of works. It also gives advice and publishes guidance to assist cathedral chapters in planning their projects and others involved in the care, conservation and development of cathedrals.

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