The online Faculty System
All applications to the DAC are now done online. Paper copies of documents etc will not be accepted.
Registering with the Church in Wales Online Faculty System
The Online Faculty System (OFS) and the Church Heritage Cymru (CHC) database are currently located on the same website, and it is this website that Applicants/Petitioners need to register with. Once registered, Applicants/Petitioners have access to an extra Applications tab which displays on a Dashboard where faculty applications can be viewed.
The new Online Faculty System was introduced in January 2018 and now processes three different types of faculty application: List A, List B and full. Previously there was only one type of faculty application (full) for all types of work (regardless of size or complexity) which was submitted on a paper form.
List A and B applications can be thought of as a reduced form of full faculty and cover routine maintenance, like-for-like repairs and straightforward works that have little or no impact on the historic fabric of the church or churchyard.
Dioceses are now wholly or partially using the new system and may be processing both online and paper applications. Contact your DAC Secretary to check which method of submission should be used in your diocese.
Click on the links below for information on how to register with the online system and to view/download the user guides (which includes an appendix of all the types of work permitted for List A & B applications):
- OFS Registration Guidance for Applicants (PDF)
- OFS List A & B Faculty Application Guidance (PDF)
- OFS Full Faculty Application Guidance (PDF)
Registering with the OFS is quick and easy. You will be required to fill in some details about yourself, choose email preferences, select your role (Applicant in this case), and the church and diocese to which you belong. Once you have created your account, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging your registration and asking you to verify your email address by clicking on a link. An Administrator will then approve your account before you can sign in. Once the account has been approved, you will receive another confirmation email with a link to the OFS.
The quickest way to access the Registration screen of the OFS/CHC is to visit https://churchheritagecymru.org.uk/Secure/Register.aspx?returnurl=%2f
Alternately, you can open your web browser (eg. Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc,) and copy and paste the above URL into the address line at the top of the screen.
If you are still unsure then please contact the DAC Secretary Mrs Jan Every, who is based at the Diocesan Office, Abergwili, Carmarthen SA31 2JG, Tel No: 01267 236145 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org