Faculty Guidance

THE FACULTY SYSTEM

If you are planning to carry out maintenance, repairs, alterations or improvements to your church building, its contents or its churchyard you may need approval for the work.  Some work can be approved by your Archdeacon or full faculty authorisation from the Chancellor.  The information below will help you decide if work needs approval but if you require further clarification please contact Martin Howard, Buildings for Mission Secretary martin.howard@durham.anglican.org or call 07586090996

DO WE NEED A FACULTY?

The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules are a single, comprehensive set of rules governing the faculty system nationwide and setting out those works which can be undertaken:

without the need for any consultation ("List A" matters),

with written approval from an Archdeacon ("List B" matters), and

only under a faculty issued by the Chancellor.

List A and List B matters are generally items of maintenance, minor repairs, and some works to trees and bells. However, certain specific conditions must still be complied with to ensure best practice and high quality, and permission given by List A, List B or Faculty does not remove the need to consider any additional planning requirements which may be appropriate in some circumstances (eg Tree Preservation Orders, planning permission). So, to decide which applies to the works you are planning to carry out at your church, follow this 3-step process:

Step 1: Look carefully at List A. If the works you propose match exactly with a List A item, then you do not need any formal consent to carry them out (but take note of any specified conditions). If they do not, then...

Step 2: Look carefully at List B. If the works you propose match exactly with a List B item, then you will need written approval from your Archdeacon to carry them out (subject to any conditions which are specified, or imposed by your Archdeacon). If they do not, then..

Step 3: Works which are outside the scope of List A or List B need a Faculty; see the Faculty Flowchart link below for an overview of the process.

The Chancellor may authorise urgent works on the authority of an Interim Faculty; please contact both the Registry and The Buildings for Mission Secretary if urgent work arises.

Use of the online faculty system is compulsory; paper submissions are no longer accepted. If you have not already done so, your PCC should nominate someone who can register as an Applicant to use the system and submit applications on their behalf. Click here for Online Faculty System.

News

FACULTY JURISDICTION (AMENDMENT) RULES 2022: as part of the Church of England's commitment to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2030, the faculty rules have been amended to help churches meet their carbon reduction targets. The new rules, which take effect on 1st July 2022, require churches to have due regard to the Church Buildings Council's advice on Net Zero Carbon for those proposals where it applies; that "net zero guidance" is set out here: FACULTY CHANGES (2022) AND KEY GUIDANCE The 'Practical Path to Net Zero Carbon for Churches' is included in that guidance and this must be given due regard for all proposals, as it provides the context to show that the proposal is part of a wider understanding by the parish of its route to net zero carbon. Most of the changes to Lists A and B will make it easier for churches to make adaptations such as insulating pipes, draft-proofing doors and windows, fitting new non fossil fuel boilers, electric pew heaters, electric car charging points and soft furnishings to help worshippers feel warm and comfortable, whilst the installation of like-for-like fossil fuel boilers and new oil tanks will now be subject to a full faculty application. [NOTE: churches are not prevented from having fossil fuel boilers, they simply need to be able to justify their installation in the light of the net zero guidance]. The new rules will also make it easier for churches to install wireless internet and broadband equipment. See below for the new Lists A and B.

Further Support

The guidance provided within the system (under the 'Help' tab) is comprehensive - the manuals contain clear instructions and screenshots, and the system is quite intuitive - but anyone experiencing difficulty should contact the DAC Secretary, Martin Howard, on 07586090996 (or email: martin.howard@durham.anglican.org ).

Please remember to include all work on the church building in your Church Log Book.

Training Opportunities

Throughout the year we will arrange a number of training sessions to help you manage your Church Buildings.  Below are the sessions that we currently have planned:

  • Faculty Workshops – please see flyer for further details and visit Eventbrite to book your place.

  • Grant Writing Workshop - TBC

Useful Links

The following documents provide useful information to assist you with your faculty application.

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