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Faculty Rules 2015

On 1 January 2016 the new simplified Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 come into force. The full Rules are published here:

There is a new national ‘A List’ of works which can be carried out on your church without a Faculty. This replaces all Diocesan De Minimus and Minor Works lists. The A List can be found in Schedule I, Table 1 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015

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 B List can be found in Schedule I, Table 2 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015

The recommended form to be used by Archdeacon's when they give permission is here.

All other works will still require a Faculty, although the process has been simplified in a number of respects. Your DAC Secretary will be able to advise you about the best way forward. A list of DAC Secretaries can be found here.

If you are proposing work to trees or to bells you will find some items specified in the A and B lists, but in any event you will also need to refer to the Church Buildings Council Statutory Guidance. The links below will take you to this guidance:

Guidance on Bells

Guidance on Trees

Guidance on Organs

The new Rules include new forms to apply for a faculty (which are included in the online faculty system). These are available online, follow the link for a copy of the complete set of forms in Word format.

To help you work with the new Lists A and B we have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions

Further background on the new Rules is available from the links below.

(1) a note from the Dean of Arches and Auditor which summarises the changes made by the Rules;

(2) an explanatory memorandum that sets out the aspects of the 2013 Rules to be replaced by the 2015 Rules.