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

 

Matter

Diocese

 Defibrillators

 Lichfield, Norwich, Truro

 Security funded by grants

 Blackburn

 Commonwealth war graves signage

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

 Noticeboards

 Exeter, Norwich, Bristol

 Frontals

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

 Christmas lights

 Exeter, Lichfield

 Easter to Ascension lights

 Exeter

 Clarification of routine maintenance

 Oxford

 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

 Lichfield

 'There but not there' installations

 Bath & Wells

 Royal British Legion silent soldier silhouette

 St Albans, Bristol

 Filming

 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

 Chichester

 Bike Racks

 Bristol

 Installation of router and cable in the churchyard

 Winchester, Norwich, Derby

 Installation of a telephone line through the churchyard

 Lincoln

 Temporary electrical installations

 Leicester

 Internet access

 Coventry, Lichfield, Exeter

 Covid-19 measures

 Ely, Lincoln 

 Hand sanitisers (A unlisted, B listed)

 St Albans

 Vegetable patches

 Bristol

 Gale breaker screens in towers

 Bristol

 Archaeological test pits

 Bristol, Chelmsford

 Disposal of elements of redundant heating systems

 Bristol

 Felling a tree

 Bristol

 Installation of handrails

 Bristol, Guildford

 Introduction of small functional items in churchyards

 Bristol

 Introduction or replacement of roof insulation

 Bristol

 Streaming cameras

 Bath & Wells, Coventry

 Hand sanitiser unit

 Chelmsford, Oxford

 Removal of sound and loop equipment

 Chelmsford

 Wifi router including shallow cable

 Bath & Wells, Bristol, Carlisle, Newcastle, Winchester

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

 Leicester

 Equipment and connection for live streaming

 Oxford, Sheffield, Bristol, Exeter, St. Albans

 Vaccination Centres

 Derby, Lichfield, Bath & Wells

 Centenary Tree Plaques

 Coventry

 Replacement of CCTV system

 Leicester

 Information boards in churchyards

 Bristol

 The introduction of external 13 Amp. weatherproof sockets

 Bristol

 Internet connectivity

 Exeter, Leicester

 Introduction of raised beds

 Exeter

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

 Exeter

 Security equipment, including CCTV and lighting 

 Leicester

 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

 Like-for-like repairs to post-1837 windows 

 Ely

 The removal of telecommunication equipment

 Bristol

 The introduction of picnic benches to areas exterior to the church

 Bristol

 The transfer of books from parish libraries to Norwich Cathedral

 Norwich

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

 Norwich