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




Exeter, Lichfield, Norwich

Security funded by grants


Commonwealth war graves signage

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


Exeter, Norwich, Bristol


Bristol, Exeter, Leicester, Lichfield, Norwich

Christmas lights

Coventry, Lichfield

Clarification of routine maintenance


Repainting of clock faces

Lichfield, Exeter

Repair or conservation of damaged historic glass

Lichfield, Bristol, Exeter

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)

St Albans

Bike Racks


Installation of router and cable in the churchyard

Winchester, Norwich, Derby, Bristol, Carlisle, Leicester

Temporary electrical installations


Internet access

Coventry, Lichfield, Exeter, Newcastle, Bristol, Leicester, St Albans

Covid-19 measures

Ely, Lincoln (Until December 2021)

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


Introduction of small functional items in churchyards


Introduction or replacement of roof insulation


Streaming cameras

Bath and Wells, Coventry

Hand sanitiser unit

Chelmsford, Oxford, Coventry, Lichfield, Exeter, Exeter (affixed to fabric)

Removal of sound and loop equipment


Wifi router including shallow cable

Winchester, Bath and Wells

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

Replacement of CCTV System


Investigatory works that are needed to develop a faculty proposal


The introduction of external 13 Amp weatherproof sockets


Installation of markings and signage to show required social distancing gaps.

Closing of pews by temporary roping or other similar means and/or taping of areas
where people cannot pass or sit

Signage to provide guidance to visitors to ensure social distancing measures are

Removal of hymn books, Order of Service books/sheets

Under List A within Exeter with specified conditions for each

The temporary installation of
external lights in marking Advent to
Epiphany and Easter to Ascension


Preliminary investigative work by
a) opening up a roof; or
b) removal of wall finishes for the
purposes of analysing earlier layers
and the presence of wall paintings; or
c) below ground by means of trial pits
or other invasive or non-invasive


The introduction of raised beds


The introduction, replacement, or
alteration of a sign located in a


Minor and temporary works to allow
accessibility to the building for social
distancing purposes or the provision
of one-way systems


The introduction of a temporary heating system Bristol
The use of an area for the cultivation of flowers and/or shrubs in church grounds Bristol
The installation of a telephone line within a church building St. Albans
The removal of telecommunication equipment Bristol
The introduction of picnic benches to areas exterior to the church Bristol