Faculty Jurisdiction (formally DAC Permissions)
Most work on bell installations is likely to require permission to satisfy the Church of Englandís planning procedure, which is enshrined in the Care of Churches Ecclesiastical Exemption Measure 1991. In this the DACís function is roughly comparable to that of a Planning Officer, and the Chancellor of the Diocesan (Consistory) Court is analogous to that of a Planning Committee. Failure to comply with this may jeopardise the Churchís exemption from many requirements of planning law.
New guidelines came into force on 1st January 2016 which detail the permission needed for three different groups of work, which are itemised in List A work, List B work and Other Work.
List A Works
List A works are shown below; these require no permission provided that the conditions listed are complied with.
Conditions that apply to List A works; if these conditions cannot be complied with, the works will
fall into List B:
List B Works
List B works are shown below. These require an Archdeaconís Permission; this will be given in writing to the PCC, after consultation with the DAC and its Bells Adviser.
Conditions that apply to List B works; the Archdeaconís Permission requires that these conditions are complied with; otherwise the works will require a Faculty;
All other works require a Faculty. This includes the installation of sound management systems in tower and spire louvres, and the installation of dumbbells, simulators or other training devices.