Faculty system

Overview

NOTE:  An entirely new set of Faculty Rules came into force on 1 January 2016.  This simpler system allows more flexibility for many routine types of work to be undertaken with just the Archdeacon's approval rather than requiring a faculty.  At the same time, a new Online Faculty System also came into operation.   

The overall principles of the faculty system are as follows:

  • Parishes must obtain the relevant level of authorisation in advance of any work
  • The parish must submit full details of the proposals: i.e. drawings, specifications and photographs.
  • The parish must explain why the work is needed
  • The parish must explain the significance of the fabric/area/building affected
  • The parish must, by law, undertake any necessary consultation
  • The DAC will consider each formal application and make of of three recomendations to the Diocesan Chancellor of the Consistory Court:
    • Recommend the works or proposals for approval by the Court; or
    • Does not object - this indicates some DAC reservations; or
    • Does not recommend - this indicates strong DAC reservations
  • Any work subject to a faculty application must be communicated to the wider public through public notices
  • Any representations from the public, statutory consulttes or other interest groups will be taken into due consideration by the Diocesan Chancellor before a final decision on the faculty is reached