Additional Matters Orders

The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 (as amended) provides in Schedule 1 certain matters which may be undertaken without a Faculty.

List A contains works that may be undertaken without a faculty subject to any specified conditions.

List B contains works that may, subject to any specified conditions, be undertaken without a faculty if the archdeacon has been consulted and has given notice in writing that the matter may be undertaken without a faculty.

Under section 78 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 and Rule 3.4 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 (as amended), the Chancellor of each Diocese, after seeking the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the archdeacon of every archdeaconry in which a parish may be affected by the order, may make an Additional Matters Order in respect of temporary changes to the layout of the church building or the installation of equipment.

These Additional Matters Orders may be undertaken without a faculty, and generally need approval by the archdeacon, much in the same way as the List B applications are determined. In some dioceses, these Additional Matters Orders are requested through the Diocesan Registry and approved by the Chancellor. 

Additional Matters Orders will not be granted if any of the works requested fall under the matters listed in section 77(7) of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018, namely:  


  • works which involve alteration to or the extension of a listed building to such an extent as would be likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest;
  • works which are likely to affect the archaeological importance of a building or any archaeological remains within a building or its curtilage;
  • works for all or part of which scheduled monument consent is required under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979;
  • works which involve the extension, demolition or partial demolition of a building or the erection of a new building;
  • a matter which gives rise to a question of law or doctrine, ritual or ceremonial or which would if undertaken, affect a person’s legal rights;
  • the exhumation or other disturbance of human remains;
  • the reservation of a grave space;
  • the sale or other disposal of an article of architectural, archaeological, artistic or historic interest;
  • the sale of a book remaining in or belonging to a parochial library;
  • the introduction of an aumbry or another receptacle used for the reservation of the sacrament of Holy Communion;
  • the introduction of a monument, or the carrying out of work to a monument erected in or on, or on the curtilage of, a church or other consecrated building or on consecrated ground.

In such cases, a Faculty application will be required.

These Additional Matters Orders must be shared on each diocesan website and each diocesan registrar must register every additional matters order (or order that varies or revokes an additional matters order) in the diocesan registry.

To provide a national context of these Additional Matters Orders, a generalisation of each Diocesan Orders are provided below. For further details on these additional matters, please refer to the diocesan websites





 Lichfield, Norwich, Truro

 Security funded by grants


 Commonwealth war graves signage

 Chelmsford, Guildford, Lichfield, London, Oxford Southwark, St Albans, Winchester


 Exeter, Norwich, Bristol


 Bristol, Coventry, Exeter, Guildford, Leicester, Lichfield, Norwich

 Christmas lights

 Exeter, Lichfield

 Easter to Ascension lights


 Clarification of routine maintenance


 Repainting of clock faces

 Lichfield, Exeter, Guildford

 Repair or conservation of damaged historic glass

 Lichfield, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Guildford

 Marking of car park spaces and signage for disabled parking


 'There but not there' installations

 Bath & Wells

 Royal British Legion silent soldier silhouette

 St Albans, Bristol


 St Albans

 Preliminary investigative works (in roof spaces and below ground)

 Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, St Albans

 Similar minor matters to those on Lists A and B


 Bike Racks


 Installation of router and cable in the churchyard

 Winchester, Norwich, Derby

 Installation of a telephone line through the churchyard


 Temporary electrical installations


 Internet access

 Coventry, Lichfield, Exeter

 Covid-19 measures

 Ely, Lincoln 

 Hand sanitisers (A unlisted, B listed)

 St Albans

 Vegetable patches


 Gale breaker screens in towers


 Archaeological test pits

 Bristol, Chelmsford

 Disposal of elements of redundant heating systems


 Felling a tree


 Installation of handrails

 Bristol, Guildford

 Introduction of small functional items in churchyards


 Introduction or replacement of roof insulation


 Streaming cameras

 Bath & Wells, Coventry

 Hand sanitiser unit

 Chelmsford, Oxford

 Removal of sound and loop equipment


 Wifi router including shallow cable

 Bath & Wells, Bristol, Carlisle, Newcastle, Winchester

 Replacement of wall mounted gas/electric heaters and replacement under pew heating


 Equipment and connection for live streaming

 Oxford, Sheffield, Bristol, Exeter, St. Albans

 Vaccination Centres

 Derby, Lichfield, Bath & Wells

 Centenary Tree Plaques


 Replacement of CCTV system


 Information boards in churchyards


 The introduction of external 13 Amp. weatherproof sockets


 Internet connectivity

 Exeter, Leicester

 Introduction of raised beds


 Minor works to allow accessibility to the building for social distancing and one-way systems 


 Security equipment, including CCTV and lighting 


 The introduction of a temporary heating system


 The use of an area for the cultivation of flowers and/or shrubs in church grounds


 Like-for-like repairs to post-1837 windows 


 The removal of telecommunication equipment


 The introduction of picnic benches to areas exterior to the church


 The transfer of books from parish libraries to Norwich Cathedral


 The installation of a standard plaque to commemorate those whose lives were lost during the Covid-19 pandemic