Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Whom should I speak to regarding my
A. If you have a specific legal enquiry relating to your parish or
a more general enquiry on a matter of ecclesiastical law on which
you require clarification, in the first instance you should contact
your diocesan registrar for advice. Contact details for all
diocesan registries are available here. If you are interested in
the progress of draft legislation through the General Synod, the
date of legislation coming into effect or the availability of
nationally produced guidelines or codes of practice, please contact
the Legal Office.
Q. Where can I obtain a copy of a Measure, Canon or
A. The latest draft of a Measure, Canon or Statutory Instrument
under consideration by the General Synod can be purchased from Church House Bookshop.
After a Measure has been given Final Approval by the Synod but
before it receives the Royal Assent, copies can be obtained from
Office. Once a Measure has received the Royal Assent or a
Statutory Instrument has been laid before Parliament, copies can be
obtained from the Stationery Office (tel. +44 (0)870 600 5533;
or from the UK Legislation website.
Once a Canon has been given Final Approval by the Synod, copies can
again be obtained from the Legal
Q. A cleric is coming from overseas to officiate in our
parish. What do we need to do?
A. A cleric who was ordained priest or deacon by an overseas
bishop needs to have permission to officiate from the Archbishop of
the province in which he or she intends to officiate before
applying to the diocesan bishop for a diocesan licence or
permission to officiate.
An application form for the province of Canterbury is available
here which on completion may
be returned with the relevant supporting documentation by email to
Office, or by post to: The Joint Provincial Registrar, Legal
Office, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
Applications for the province of York are handled by the
York Provincial Registry, to whom enquiries should be
Q. Where can I obtain a copy of the Episcopal Ministry
Act of Synod 1993?
A. This Act of Synod is available for download here.
Q. How do we go about obtaining a faculty for work on
A. Information on the faculty jurisdiction and the process for
obtaining a faculty, including contact details for all Diocesan
Advisory Committees, is provided on the Church Care
website. If your church is listed, you should read Making Changes to a Listed Church
National Amenity Societies: their role in the conservation of
Anglican Churches. In all cases, you are encouraged to seek the
advice of your Diocesan Advisory Committee at as early a stage as
Q. Where can I find
information on maintaining a church electoral roll for a parish and
procedures for conducting PCC meetings?
A. You need to read the Church Representation Rules (which are
available in print and Kindle e-book form from Church
House Publishing) or, if in any doubt, consult your diocesan
registrar. The Rules are also available to view on this link.
Q. Where do I apply for a Special Marriage
A. You should write to The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, London
SW1P 3JT; tel. +44 (0)20 7222 5381; email email@example.com;