How to Petition for Faculty

There are three main steps in the process of petitioning for faculty:

1. Consultation before submitting an application

  • You can contact your professional advisors with a request to prepare a specification and early consultation with the DAC may be advisable in some cases. 
  • You should check what other permissions may be needed for your proposal – eg planning permission may be required if you are making changes to the exterior of the church; further consents may be required if your church is in a Conservation Area.
  • Discuss and minute all proposals fully within your PCC meeting. A PCC resolution will be needed, and the date entered on the Petition for Faculty form in due course.
  • For larger proposals, it may be wise to request a site visit by the DAC before finalising your application. Consultation may be needed with Historic England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Church Buildings Council and other amenity societies.

2. Consideration of proposal by the DAC

When the PCC has agreed that the project will proceed, the detailed proposals should be referred to the DAC for formal consideration.  The application should be sent to the DAC Secretary. An application must be supported by:

  • A statement of significance: This is a statement which summarises the historical development of the church and identifies the important features that make a major contribution to the character of the Church.
  • A statement of needs: This sets out the reasons why the needs of the parish cannot be met without making changes to the church building and the reasons why the changes are regarded as necessary to assist the Church in its worship and mission. 
  • Details of the proposed works including plans, photographs, specifications, quotations and drawings as appropriate. 
  • Faculty Form 1A Standard Information

You should send copies of all relevant documents, including any reports or advice you have received from 
specialists you have consulted, and the comments of any consultees eg Historic England.

Proposals and supporting papers need to be received by the DAC at least three weeks before the meeting in which they are to be discussed. A list giving the Dates of Meetings and Deadlines is available on the website. Members need to have time to view your proposal, arrange a visit if necessary and consider their response.

After considering the proposal, the DAC will make a recommendation and this will be incorporated in the DAC’s Notification of Advice, which you will receive after the DAC meeting.  Please note that this Notification does not give authority for the parish to proceed with the work.  The DAC Secretary will send you the Notification of Advice with stamped copies of all papers listed on it along with the Petition for Faculty form, to be sent to the Diocesan Registry, and a form of Public Notice.

3. Complete the forms and send to the Registry

The Public Notice must be completed using the same wording as is used on the Notification of Advice.

The Petition for a Faculty (Form 3A) should be completed and sent to the Diocesan Registrar, together with the papers you received back from the Diocesan Office.  (You do not have to wait for the notice period to be completed before doing this.)

When the Public Notice has been displayed for 28 days the Certificate of Publication on the reverse of the public notice must be completed and sent to the Diocesan Registrar.

The Registrar will arrange for the Petition for Faculty to be considered by the Chancellor, who will decide whether or not to grant the faculty. The Registry will write to you enclosing the faculty, or if it has not been granted, with further details of what you can do next.


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