Online Faculty System
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Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

Online Faculty System

The Online Faculty System is a web-based planning portal where parishes can develop proposals for new works in their church building, obtain DAC advice, record List A items, and apply for List B and Faculty.

Click here to access the Online Faculty System.

More importantly, the portal allows parishes, DACs, Registrars, Chancellors, and Archdeacons to access information on a particular proposal quickly and efficiently in a single online space. This ensures the smooth progression of any application from beginning to end.

Read more information about the Online Faculty System and Church Heritage Record is this introductory report.

The Faculty Simplification Group, chaired by Anne Sloman, recommended that the faculty system should be made available online, and this was endorsed by General Synod in July 2013. The Church Building Council received a grant from Historic England towards the creation of the system and on 8 December 2014, the Online Faculty System launched as part of a trial period in the Dioceses of Truro and Leicester. A national roll-out to all other interested dioceses began in February 2015 and is still on-going.

To see if your diocese has signed up to the online system click here.

For help with the online system, download one of our user manuals or access our frequently asked questions section on the faculty website.

Church Heritage Record

The Church Heritage Record is a digital database of church buildings integrated with a Geographic Information System (GIS), which can be used for planning and development control, but also fulfils an educational and engagement role. It contains over 16,000 entries on church buildings in England, covering a wide variety of topics from architectural history and archaeology, to worship and the surrounding natural environment.

Click here to access the Church Heritage Record

The Church Heritage Record will be continuously updated and developed thanks to the dedication and hard work of local volunteers across England. If you think you would like to help out, share your photographs, or you know of an interesting project happening in your area, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Church Heritage Record project has been awarded a £9,900 Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to catalogue, digitise and promote the Canon Clarke archival collection, which contains information on 11,479 Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in England, located in the CCB’s library at Church House, Westminster. The project, began in April 2016; two archive volunteers catalogued and digitised the collection which is now free to search online. During September 2016 to June 2017, seven heritage volunteers worked to make the collection's content available on the CHR, develop guided tours, and host a learning event aimed at engaging the public with the collection and church buildings. Work is still ongoing to make all of this data available online and will be completed soon.