Minor Works (De Minimis) Limits & Archdeacons’ Licences

For minor works, a faculty is not required. These works were previously described as ‘de minimis‘ works, but are now known as ‘minor works’ and are listed in List A at the start of Schedule 1 to the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. This national List, covering the whole of England, came into force on 1 January 2016, and replaced the minor works lists produced by each individual diocese.

Note that the List A works are subject to some conditions, which are clearly set out in the Schedule to the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. If you are not sure whether proposed works fall within List A, please inquire of the DAC or the Registry.

An Archdeacon’s Licence may be obtained for a temporary scheme of minor re-ordering pursuant to Rules 8.2 and 8.3 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. This is normally appropriate where the parish wishes to try out alternative arrangements before progressing an application for a faculty to authorise more permanent changes. Advice on the use of Archdeacons’ Licences is set out in a paper at Use of Archdeacons’ Licences. If in doubt about whether the use of a Licence is appropriate, advice should be sought from the Registrar.