Have you tried the Online Faculty System?
Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2019
Since January 2017, the Ely Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and Registry have been accepting Faculty applications via the Church of England’s Online Faculty System (OFS).
We have seen a rise in the numbers using the system since then and traditional postal applications are now the exception, rather than the rule. However, the majority of cases submitted to the DAC now come via email attachments. All submissions made by email could easily be submitted through the OFS and there are several advantages to churches doing that.
- Each church can nominate a number of people to use the system, including their project architect.
- Applicants have a clear record of what has been submitted (and when) for every Faculty case.
- The application can be partly completed and saved for completion later.
- Documents which are needed for every application you make, such as the statements of significance, or the ‘Faculty Form 1’, are saved onto the system for future use.
- The issuing of the DAC’s notification can happen much more quickly for online applications than for those received via email, which have to be printed and stamped.
- There is no need to send bulky sets of papers and drawings to the Diocesan Registry – just remember to press ‘submit’ on the system.
The online system will also lead applicants through a process to decide whether their project is something that can be agreed by the Archdeacon, without any need for a Faculty at all.
There is a very helpful and comprehensive user guide for the system on the OFS website: https://facultyonline.churchofengland.org/home – but the best thing you can do is to simply register
(using this link) and try it out for yourself.