Diocese of Sodor and Man

Sodor and Man Diocesan Registry

Faculty Procedure — Application by Minister and Churchwardens

  This guidance is for the minister and churchwardens of a parish applying for a faculty on behalf of the parochial church council or burial authority.

Other persons who wish to apply for a faculty should see separate pages:


This guide is only a summary of the procedure, which is set out in detail, together with the forms, in the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules (Isle of Man) 2016.

Fees are not normally payable on an application by a minister and churchwardens. However, fees may be charged on an application for a confirmatory faculty authorising retrospectively works already carried out (otherwise than in an emergency); advice should be sought from the Registry in such a case.

Parishes are reminded that works may require planning approval or registered building consent under planning law, in addition to a faculty or other authorisation under Church law.

Contact details

Diocesan Registrar
Sodor and Man Diocesan Registry
Stamford House
York YO1 9PP
Diocesan Advisory Committee
16 Knock Rushen
Isle of Man IM9 1TQ
  Archdeacon of Man
St George's Vicarage
16 Devonshire Road
Isle of Man IM2 3RB
01904 623487
  07624 398971
  01624 675430

An eight-step guide through the faculty process

Step 1 — Is a faculty application necessary?

Most work to a church building or churchyard requires a faculty, but there are other kinds of authorisation, depending on the nature of the work being proposed.

A summary of the kinds of authorisation available

The level of authorisation depends on the kind of work to be carried out —

If the parish is not sure in which category the works fall, the Archdeacon should be consulted.

Step 2 — Parish requests advice from DAC

The parish must formally request the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee ("DAC") before making a faculty application. The parish may also seek the DAC's informal advice at an early stage, in advance of making a formal request; this is often helpful before time and money are spent working up the detail.

If informal advice is sought, clear details of what is proposed should be supplied, including —

A request for formal advice should be in the recommended form (PDF or Word), and must be accompanied by the following documents:

If the proposals involve changes to a building entered in the Protected Buildings Register (a "registered building"), the following documents must also be supplied —

Step 3 — Parish receives DAC's formal advice

The DAC may require additional information from the parish, or recommend a change in the proposed specification of the work. If the DAC is able to give its definite opinion at the meeting, the Secretary will send its notification of advice in Form 2 to the parish. The DAC's advice will be that it —

Step 4 — Parish applies for faculty

The minister and churchwardens complete and sign the application for a faculty in Form 3 (PDF or Word), and submit it to the Diocesan Registrar with the following documents —

Step 5 — Parish displays public notices for 28 days

The parish must display the public notices in Form 4 (PDF or Word) for 28 days in order to allow members of the public as well as members of the congregation and other interested parties the opportunity to consider the proposals and to raise any objections with the Diocesan Registrar. The parish must also display the key drawings and associated documents.

Step 6 — Parish certifies display of public notices

On completion of Step 5, the parish confirms in writing to the Diocesan Registrar that the notices have been displayed.

Step 7 — Final decision on faculty application

The Vicar General decides whether or not to issue a faculty, taking into account any representations from the public, statutory consultees or other interest groups. The Diocesan Registrar informs the parish accordingly. Only on receipt of the faculty from the Registrar can the parish legally proceed with the works. The faculty is a document in Form 7, sealed with the seal of the Court and signed by the Registrar.

Additional procedures, including a sitting of the Consistory Court, may be invoked if there are significant objections to the proposals.

Step 8 — Certificate of completion

The Registrar sends to the applicants with the Faculty a certificate of practical completion of the works (Form 8). This form is to be completed within 28 days of practical completion, signed by the applicants or a person authorised to act on their behalf and returned to the Registrar.