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, Gloucester, Lichfield, London, Oxford Southwark, St Albans, Winchester


Exeter, Norwich, Bristol


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

Christmas lights

Exeter, Lichfield

Easter to Ascension lights


Clarification of routine maintenance


Repainting of clock faces

Lichfield, Exeter, Guildford, Gloucester

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


Chelmsford, 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

Bristol, Gloucester

Archaeological test pits

Bristol, Chelmsford

Disposal of elements of redundant heating systems

Bristol, Gloucester

Felling a tree

Bristol, Gloucester

Installation of handrails

Bristol, Guildford

Introduction of small functional items in churchyards

Bristol, Gloucester

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

Bristol, Chelmsford, Exeter, Oxford, Sheffield, 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

Bristol, Salisbury

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


Trials relating to heating and lighting solutions for a period of up to 18 months


Conservation cleaning and minor conservation repairs to internal and external church memorials of historical interest


Repair and cleaning of churchyard memorials and grave markers


Cleaning of graffiti


Carrying out specialist sampling


Minor modifications to rainwater disposal systems


Replacement of a wrought iron clapper with a spheroidal graphite iron clapper


The installation of emergency lighting and safety equipment in the main body of the church

Introduction of wall-mounted card payment systems, which require fixing to fabric Winchester

Giving permission for the use of a church hall by a third party

License required - subject to a maximum of 48 hours per user per month


Giving permission for the use of a church by a third party

License required - subject to the Minister (or area dean) being satisfied that the use authorised would not contravene Canons F15 and F16.

Maximum of 48 hours per user per month. The total allowable across a month is 120 hours.


The introduction of a ladder fixing to aid safe gutter and valley clearance and maintenance.