You must, by law, undertake all appropriate consultations
Consultation is a hugely important element of any significant scheme of works - all the more so in buildings listed Grade 1 or 2*. Schedule 2 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 sets out who you need to consult and in what circumstances. You may find that you need to consult more than one body - for example, if your church was built in the 17th or 18th centuries but significantly altered in the 19th century. Contact details for all statutory consultees are available via our links page. If you're unsure about the level of consultation required in your particular case, your architect or the DAC Office can advise you further. The DAC Office can also, if you wish, undertake the consultation on your behalf provided that you give them all the necessary information.
For schemes involving a significant change to a listed church (or which affect the archaeological importance of the church or its curtilage/churchyard) the parish is required by law to obtain views of the relevant statutory consultees. You will need to provide:
- a Statement of Need
- a Statement of Significance
- Photographs (both close up and wider context shots)
- Works specification.
You need to provide all this information so that the consultees can properly understand what you're proposing to do, why you're proposing to do it, and what effect it would have on your listed church building. You will need to provide the same information to the DAC as part of your faculty application. The Online Faculty System being introduced on 1 January 2016 allows you to send the same documentation quickly and easily to all the relevant bodies.
In some cases the DAC will be required to consult the Church Buildings Council on the parish's behalf. For specialist conservation cases (e.g. historic carvings) the parish will need to provide a Conservation Report produced by the parish’s conservator – guidelines for such reports are available here.
For schemes involving a particularly significant change to a listed building, the Chancellor may direct that a notice should be published by the parish in a local newspaper and on the diocesan website, in addition to the physical display of notices at the church. This helps to raise the local profile of such cases so that all interests can be given due consideration.