Parliament has approved changes to the faculty rules, which govern the process by which permission is given to make changes to church buildings and their contents and to carry out certain work in churchyards. The main aim is to simplify procedures and reduce the administrative burdens on parishes. The full text of the new rules appears in a lengthy statutory instrument 'The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015', copies of which may be found here.
You can find a document listing matters which may be undertaken without the need for and those subject to consultation along with a document highlighting the important changes made from the previous version.
Faculty rules have the force of law. Parish officers should take care to understand how they apply to any works they are planning. If in doubt, they should seek advice from the DAC Secretary, Wendy Harris (details can be found below), who will consult the Diocesan Registry if necessary.
This information has been circulated to architects and surveyors on the DAC's list of those approved to carry out quinquennial inspections in the Diocese of Guildford.