Faculty and other Fees

Parochial Faculty Applications

The fees  payable in respect of Faculty matters with effect from 1st March 2016 are set out in the The Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2015. No fee is currently payable by individual parishes for straightforward Faculty Applications. The cost of these applications is met by the Diocese out of its general budget.

Private Faculty Applications

In the Diocese of Norwich the current fee payable (from 1 January 2014) when lodging the Petition is £249.60 (inclusive of VAT at 20%). A cheque should be made payable to Birketts LLP and sent to the Diocesan Registry with the Petition.

On the granting of a Faculty to authorise the reservation of a grave space, in addition to the fee due on lodging the Petition, the applicant will normally be asked to pay a sum to the PCC to cover the future cost of maintaining the grave space. This will be a condition of the faculty, and the faculty will be issued to the applicant once confirmation has been received that this contribution has been paid.

Additional Fees for Judgments and Directions

In cases where protracted correspondence is required with the Registry, or where the Chancellor considers it appropriate to record the Court’s decision by a written judgement, an additional correspondence fee may be payable by the Parish. The Fees are set in section 4 of the current Fees Order, and are £140+VAT for additional correspondence and £126+VAT per hour in relation to any written judgement prepared by the Chancellor.