All consecrated buildings and burial grounds are subject to the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishop does not exercise this jurisdiction personally, but through the Chancellor of the Diocese, who is one of the two legal officers of the diocese, the other being the Diocesan Registrar. This is known as Faculty Jurisdiction.
Anglican churches in use are exempt from the requirement for Listed Building Consent, because of the control which the Church of England exercises through the Faculty Jurisdiction. This is known as the "ecclesiastical exemption", but it does not exempt a Parochial Church Council from the need to apply also for Planning Permission and/or Building Regulations Approval in a case where Planning Permission and/or Building Regulations Approval would normally be required, for example, in relation to the proposed extension of a church building.
Rule 9.9 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 also provides that where a petition relates to works that involve the demolition of a listed building, the alteration to or the extension of any part of a grade I or II* listed building, or the exterior of a grade II listed building to such extent as would be likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest; or demolition affecting the exterior of an unlisted building in a conservation area, public notice of the proposed works must be given through the Diocesan website. Such notices will appear on this page.
Should you wish to object to any of the works for which public notice has been given you must write to the Diocesan Registrar at The Registry, Napthens LLP, Darwen House, Walker Business Park, BLACKBURN BB1 2QE and your letter must reach the Registrar no later than the date stated in the public notice.
If you have any queries regarding the above you should contact the Diocesan Registry on 01254 686 244 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org