Legal framework

Proposals for works to our cathedrals are managed under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011.

We can help you understand the rules for making changes to your building.
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The Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011

The Measure is a framework that explains:

It supports us when we:

  • Look at proposals for change to our cathedrals, their content, surroundings and archaeology
  • Try to understand and justify the impact those changes might have
  • Want to make sure that any work done is appropriate, sustainable and in line with best practice

A user's guide to the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011 and how to make an application is available here

“Our aim is not to prevent change, but to enable change to be responsibly managed.”

Thomas Ashley, Senior Cathedrals Officer

The Care of Cathedrals Rules 2006

The Rules 2006 and the (Amendment) Rules 2020 for Inventories explain the procedures we use to operate the Measure.


Other types of permissions you might need

You may still need to obtain permissions from secular planning, including:

Finally, you are not exempt from the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, or from legislation governing trees, wildlife or health and safety