Welcome to the Norwich Diocesan Registry web site

The Anglican Diocese of Norwich was founded in 1094. It covers all of the County of Norfolk, apart from a small area in the extreme west of the county, which lies in the Diocese of Ely, plus the Waveney area of north east Suffolk, with a population of approximately 833,000. The Diocese has 577 parishes, with some 209 benefices and 648 church buildings.

The Work of the Diocesan Registry

Each Diocese of the Church of England has two Legal Officers, the Chancellor and the Registrar, who may have deputies. The following are the main areas of work undertaken by the Registrar at the Diocesan Registry:

Advice
The giving of advice to the Bishops and all other clergy, to diocesan boards and committees, and to Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils, and dealing with general enquiries from members of the public in relation to marriage, baptism, burial, etc.
Appointments
The preparation of notices, licences, permissions, instruments and all other documents relating to the appointment of clergy and lay office holders.
Consecrations
The preparation of the documents required for the consecration of churches, churchyards and cemeteries.
Diocesan Records
The maintenance of records relating to churches, clergy, etc.

Faculties
The granting of Faculties to authorise changes or additions to consecrated buildings and burial grounds.
Marriage Licences
The issue of Common Licences on behalf of the Bishop of Norwich, to authorise marriages in parish churches and in other buildings licensed for the solemnisation of marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
Patronage
Maintenance of a register of patrons of the diocese, and ensuring that the provisions of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 are complied with in relation to the filling of vacant benefices.

Latest News

Diocesan Synod Elections 2024

The current three year term, or triennium, of the Norwich Diocesan Synod ends in July 2024, so a new Synod will need to be elected. The electorate are the houses of clergy and laity in the Deanery Synods across the diocese, who elect clergy and lay candidates to represent their Deanery in the Diocesan Synod. […]

Church Representation Rules 2022

The latest version of the Church Representation Rules was published in 2022, and can be found at Church Representation Rules 2022.

Parochial Fees for 2024

A new Parochial Fees Order has come into force for 2024 with effect from 1 January 2024. The new fees are set out in the Parochial Fees Table 2024