Parochial Fees

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Parochial Fees

The legal status of parochial fees changed on 1 January 2013.  Parochial Fees are fees associated with the cost of marriages and funerals. Parochial Fees  was prepared by The Archbishop’s Council to help explain the changes. A guide to Church of England Parochial Fees is a helpful guide to parochial fees.

There are TWO parts to the Parochial fee. The first described as the parochial church council's fee, is payable to the PCC and should be accounted for as the income of the PCC. The second  is payable to the DBF. The DBF has a legal entitlment to this fee and the legislation makes it clear that the statutory fee belongs to the DBF. Not remitting such fees to the DBF may therefore be considered as theft, for this reason it is very important that the DBF has a concise record of fees that are due and require a monthly return from every PCC even if the the return is NIL.

The DBF recommends that the PCC collects the fees and take responsibility for passing them onto the DBF. By collecting the fees in this way the PCC acts as an agent on behalf of the DBF.

Fees relate to Church of England services whoever performs them, and wherever they are performed.

Clergy expenses associated with conducting services do not form part of the fee arrangements.  These fees should be claimed separately by the clergy person.


Retired clergy with permission to officiate (PTO)

Licensed clergy will normally carry out most funerals and weddings in their parish.  This is an important part of their ministry.  We do appreciate that retired clergy are sometimes asked to conduct such services.  The ministry of retired clergy is much valued, by parishes and by the diocese as a whole.  However, in authorising retired clergy with PTO to perform weddings and funerals (and therefore receiving 80% of the fee), clergy should have in mind that reduced fee income for the DBF is likely to lead to either increased parish share or reduced spend on parochial ministry.

A retired clergy with PTO  may perform a wedding or funeral service provided that:-

  • The retired clergy are on the DBF list of clergy with permission to officiate (not holding a licence) in the Diocese (see website/diocesan yearbook).
  • The Incumbent or Priest in Charge (or if not possible, the Rural Dean or Archdeacon) has authorised the retired clergy person to take the service.

The DBF ask PCCs to pay this fee locally to the retired clergy with PTO on their behalf, and remit to the DBF the remaining 20%.

In all other cases the full fee should be sent to the DBF (including Curates, Readers, Ministers in secular employment and Self-supporting ministers).


Guidance for weddings and fees payable

There is a required legal fee for marrying in a church. This is set by the Church of England nationally and is the same for every church.

This basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, the church, calling your banns, a banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration. 

Further guidence  The Cost of Church Weddings.

Wedding Documents & Forms


With regards to fees for blessings and such like services, there are no statutory fees.  In these circumstances the PCC should charge a reasonable fee, possibly to the value of a wedding service.  The full fee in such cases may be kept wholly by the parish.



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