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Church buildings and parish property
Many of our clergy are housed in parsonages. Information about their maintenance is available in the Clergy Housing section.
Care of Churches
Church buildings are vital to the work of the church in London. Like their congregations they come in all shapes and sizes and each has its own special talents and challenges. This part of the site is intended to help those who manage church buildings to get the best out of them to support their parish work and the wider mission of the church in London.
The two big questions often asked about churches are: "How do we look after and repair this building?" and "How do we go about changing this building better to suit our needs?" In both cases church buildings can be a gift and a burden.
Maintenance and inspection
This section of the site is dedicated to the maintenance and inspection of church buildings. The Diocese runs a system of five-yearly inspections of all church buildings to ensure that their maintenance needs are understood. The Care of Churches Team can offer advice on grant funding that may be available to help you pay for the necessary repairs. Consent may be required for larger repair projects - see the minor works list for details.
Faculties, changes and repairs
Just because a building is in good repair it does not necessarily follow that it will provide for all the needs of its congregation. In older church buildings the kitchen and WC facilities in particular are likely to need improvement. The faculties, changes and repairs section of the website is dedicated to all you need to know when considering carrying out alterations to your church building. A faculty is usually required for larger repair projects, but sometimes smaller ones can be authorised by an Archdeacon or may need no consent at all - see the minor works list for more details.
The management and alteration of church buildings is subject to a number of laws and other regulations. Policy documents, provided on a variety of topics, try to help those looking after church buildings to have a clear idea of the rules they are likely to encounter, and how to work with them rather than against them.
Many churches in London are fortunate to have church hall facilities and other properties in the ownership of the PCC. Church halls in particular often share the same legal obligations as church buildings and they are often also listed buildings. In cases where you wish to lease your buildings, undertake development works, or undertake extensive repairs, the Care of Churches Team can offer support and advice.