DBF Fees Returns and Payments

DBF fees remittances and payments are now to resume again as normal.

Parishes paying by BACS and cheque should remit their monthly forms as usual.  Please note that the DBF has awarded parishes a grant of £30 per Crematorium Service, for services held after 1 April and you can deduct this from the payment to accompany the relevant monthly return.  Services held before April do not attract the grant and should not be deducted from your payment as the full statutory fee belongs to the DBF.

Parishes who pay by DD should be advised that we will resume the collection of DBF fees by DD starting with the payment to be collected on or around 20th October.  Fees forms should be remitted to the fees@chester.anglican.org email address by 10th October at the very latest.

Please note that the DBF has awarded parishes a grant of £30 per Crematorium Service, for services held after 1 April.  You should complete the form as normal showing the full amount for these services and we will reduce the amount we collect from your account accordingly in this respect.  Please be aware that you may notice more than one amount leaving your account on the same date, as we may process the fees forms received so far in a few separate batches.  The amounts will total the same as those remitted on your fees forms less any reduction for Crematorium Service grants.  Crematorium Services held before April do not attract the grant.

There will be a new fees remittance form in due course detailing the full DBF fees less any grants giving a net amount due to the DBF.  In the meantime please continue to use the 2020 forms currently on our website.

If you have any queries regarding fees in the meantime, please contact Maxine Southwick at maxine.southwick@chester.anglican.org



Please email all monthly fees returns forms to fees@chester.anglican.org rather than to the inbox of an individual team member.

We have a Direct Debit (DD) system for collecting fees, separate to that in place for collecting parish share.  Allowing us to collect fees by DD is quick, easy and should save those in charge of church finances time, as we are able to change the amounts here on receipt of your monthly fees returns forms.

Should you wish to have fees collected this way, we ask that you remit your monthly forms no later than the 10th of the following month for which you are completing your form, so January’s form should be with us by 10th February, and so on.  Funds will be collected from your account around the 20th of the month.

If you currently pay parish share by DD, you won't need to complete a new mandate.  However, for those who don’t presently pay anything to Chester DBF by DD, or if your fees are to be collected from a different bank account to your parish share, you will need to complete a mandate authorising and allowing us to collect your fees.  If you need a mandate, please let us know and we can email one to you for completion.

If you have any questions regarding this or would like to be added to the DD register, please don’t hesitate to contact Maxine Southwick by telephone on 01928 718834 ext. 239 or by email directly at maxine.southwick@chester.anglican.org


Further information relating to the collection of Parochial Fees (fees payable for Weddings and Funerals), as well as infomation relating to the payment of fees to retired Clergy taking a Sunday Service or Session of Visiting can be found using the links below.

Fees Forms and Notes
Open Forms

Retired Clergy Fees
Information for Retired Clergy taking a Sunday Service or Session of Visiting
Open Retired Clergy Fees

Parochial Fees
A Guide to Parochial Fees
Open Parochial Fees