The Diocese of Leeds uses the Online Faculty System and all faculties must be completed online. Please click here to register for the Online Faculty System; instructions on how to register can be found here.
Click here to access manuals for the Online Faculty System and how to apply for various levels of permission. Please do contact the DAC if you need any help in completing your Online Faculty application.
Frequently Asked Questions about the online faculty system can be found in the help section. Please click here to access that page.
Applying for a faculty can be a daunting task, particularly if you have never submitted one before. The DAC are always on hand to offer support and advice and please do email or ring us if you have questions. A comprehensive list of guidance documents are available at the bottom of this page.
Faculty Jurisdiction Rule changes July 2022
As a part of the Church of England's committment to reach Carbon Net Zero by 2030, the faculty jurisdiction rules have been amended to help churches meet their carbon reduction targets. The new rules, which take effect on 1st July 2022, require churches to have due regard to the Church Buildings Council's advice on Carbon Net Zero. To prepare parishes for these changes, the Diocese has produced a summary document of the rule amendments for the benefit of churchwardens and PCCs. Please click here to download this document.
Please note that the Chancellor's General Directions and information on the Consistory Court pages of our website are pending revision in response to these changes but will be available shortly.
List B Applications
Items on List B will require permission from your Archdeacon after consultation with the DAC. List B applications can be made through the Online Faculty System. From the 1st July 2022, the Faculty rules that govern how churches manage their buildings, churchyards and contents changed. As part of these new rules, a number of works have been added to the List A (where permission is not required) and List B items (where archdeacon consent is required) which make it easier for PCCs to reach Carbon Net Zero. Please see the Consistory Court page to download the revised lists.
In our diocese, some simpler and uncontentious faculty applications may be dealt with in a streamlined way. The DAC's formal advice can be issued by the DAC Secretary after consultation with the relevant Archdeacon and DAC members or advisers but without it going to the full Committee. This can speed up the process by up to several weeks in those cases, as applicants will not need to wait for a DAC meeting.
Please see the guidance note in the list below (Guidance Note 8 – Delegation) for a fuller explanation of how the system of delegation works. The formal Instrument of Delegation can be downloaded: here.