Faculty

From time to time, work has to be carried out to church buildings. Work to church buildings and churchyards, such as alterations to the fabric or the removal of pews, monuments or organs, normally requires a faculty – a special permission to carry out the proposed work. The Church of England operates its own system for considering applications to carry out work to churches which might otherwise require listed building consent. 

There are a number of exemptions. For example some minor works may not require a faculty (known as List A works) and the Archdeacon also has power to grant consent for other types of work which is likely to be of a minor or uncontroversial nature (List B works). There are detailed rules which apply, and each diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee which is pleased to provide advice and guidance to churches. Further details about the work and role of the DAC can be found on the main website for the Diocese of Hereford.

The Diocesan Registrar acts as registrar to the diocesan consistory court which considers applications where formal faculties are required. Faculties are granted by the Chancellor of the Diocese, who acts as the judge of the consistory court. The Diocese of Hereford operates an on-line system for faculty applications, which applicants are strongly encouraged to use.

It should be noted that planning permission and/or building regulation consent may still be required for certain work, including, for example, extensions to church buildings.

In this section

Churchyards

The maintenance and upkeep of churchyards is the responsibility of the parish...

Consecration

The Bishop has the right to consecrate new burial grounds...

Exhumation

Where burials or interments are concerned, there is a presumption of permanence...

Graves

There are detailed diocesan regulations which govern the approved size, shape...

Memorials

A faculty is required before any memorial may be erected inside a church...