Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
A big change will be the introduction of what’s called lists A, B and C. Simply put, list A includes everything that can be undertaken without permission. These include such items as (not an exhaustive list):
List B introduces a new concept of ‘archdeacon’s permission’. These items can, under specific circumstances, be undertaken without the need for a formal faculty. They will, however, require the written permission of your archdeacon before any works are carried out and, although the faculty process may not be required, the standard information (such as a specification, schedule of works, relevant drawings) will still need to be submitted. Items include (again, not an exhaustive list):
List C items (in effect, anything not specifically mentioned in lists A and B) will require a faculty. These items will include such things as removal of pews, installation of lavatories and serveries, extensions, internal re-orderings and partial demolitions. For any works requiring a faculty from the 1st January 2016 Statements of Significance and Need will now be required, by law, before formal faculty applications can be considered. A simple pro forma for these can be downloaded from the Diocesan website.
The Care of Churches Department will be administering the new system and any applications relating to list B items should be sent to:
Care of Churches Department
109 Dereham Road
Norwich NR9 5ES
For further information or advice please contact Matthew McDade on 01603 882350 or Caroline Rawlings on 01603 882351 or email DAC@dioceseofnorwich.org
A comprehensive list of which items relate to which permission routes can be downloaded here: http://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/churches/buildings/faculty-applications/
The new rules will simplify the way in which parishes gain permission for works, and alongside the new online faculty application system, https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/, should make it much easier for works to be undertaken to our churches.