The Cathedral Administrator is responsible for making sure applications are made in the proper way, although they do not have to submit applications themselves.
We can help you navigate the application process from beginning to end.
Download our application forms
Completing the forms
You must use the standard forms to apply.
You will find the instructions for completing the forms in the Care of Cathedrals Rules 2006.
“All but the simplest proposals should have been discussed with the FAC, the Commission and other relevant consultees before a formal application is made.”Thomas Ashley, Senior Cathedrals Officer
Your checklist for applying to the Commission
As Cathedral Administrator, have you:
Submit a copy of form 9 and all supporting documents to Historic England, any relevant national amenity society, and to your local planning authority (unless the application relates to an object of interest).
Please send all your documents electronically.
If we ask for more information, please also send the additional documents to all parties notified in the original application.
What will we do after receiving your application?
We will consider:
- If we need to organise a site visit
- If we have enough supporting information to understand your proposal
Commenting on an application
Consultees have 28 days to make written representations on an application to us. They should send their comments to the Commission’s secretariat and copy them to the cathedral administrator to give the cathedral a chance to respond.
Typical consultees on applications include:
- Historic England
- The local planning authority
- National amenity societies
- Members of the public (by posting of a public notice)
- The Fabric Advisory Committee
You should have already engaged with these consultees before making a formal application. However, you are still legally required to consult them formally at the point of application: this is to make sure that statutory bodies, and members of the public, have an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the procedures under the Measure.
We will determine the application once:
- The 28-day consultation period is over
- We have received the certificate of publication
- And we have considered any representations made by consultees or members of the public
When making decisions, we take into account:
- The role of the cathedral as the seat of a bishop and a centre of worship and mission
- The need to avoid harm to the architectural, archaeological, artistic and historic significance of the cathedral and its precinct
A successful proposal for change is one that succeeds both in terms of mission and heritage.
We can decide to:
- Approve the application unconditionally
- Approve the application subject to conditions
- Refuse the application
- Defer the application to obtain more information from chapter
- Informally advise chapter to withdraw its proposal and resubmit it in a revised form
Following determination, the Commission’s secretary has ten days to send a notice of the decision to the cathedral administrator, the Fabric Advisory Committee secretary and the relevant consultees.
A chapter or tenant has the right to appeal a refusal or against any imposed conditions.
Secular planning consents
You may also need secular consent for works done to a cathedral or within its precinct.
Planning permission is needed for:
- New buildings
- To change the use of existing buildings
- And for changes to the outside appearance of buildings
LBC is needed for alterations to a listed building within the precinct, other than the cathedral itself.
You may need to apply for LBC from your local planning authority instead of, or in addition to, approval from us or your Fabric Advisory Committee.