Care of Places of Worship Measure
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Care of Places of Worship Measure

Under the Care of Places of Worship Measure 1999 certain types of buildings that would not normally be able to benefit from the Ecclesiastical Exemption are able to opt in to faculty jurisdiction.

These are:

buildings that are used for worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England;

a building which is a chapel forming part of an episcopal house of residence; a building which is a chapel or other place of worship owned or leased by or held in trust for a religious community;

a building (not being one falling within any of the foregoing paragraphs) which is part of a university, college, school, hospital, Inn of Court, almshouse or other public or charitable institution and of which the primary use is for worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England or for joint worship by members of the Church of England and other Churches;

a building which is subject to a sharing agreement made on behalf of the Church of England in pursuance of the Sharing of Church Buildings Act 1969 and which is used for worship.

Detailed guidance on the Measure and its effect are available here.

A place of worship that is eligible to benefit from the Ecclesiastical Exemption that does not currently do so can apply to opt in to it. Guidance on the application process is available here, and an application form is available here.

The Church Buildings Council maintains a list of those places that have opted into faculty jurisdiction under the Measure, and that list is available here.