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Parochial Fees

For links to downloadable forms relating to Parochial Fees for 2016, please click here:

Changes from January 2013

Changes to Parochial Fees from January 2013

Parochial Fees - Downloadable Forms

Parochial Fees - Funeral Directors

Parochial Fees - Training Sessions: Spring 2013

From January 2013 there will be significants changes to the nature, level, ownership and destination of parochial fees. Each Diocese is now responsible for managing these changes which are laid down in the General Synod Order GS Misc 1015. Consideration also has been given to the recommendations and advice passed to each Diocese by the Archbishop's Council. The Diocese of Lincoln has decided, in principle, to follow these recommendations and advice as far as possible. These changes also present an opportunity to provide clarity to all involved and to promote good practice across the Diocese.

The key changes are as follows:

  • 1. The fee previously known as the "Incumbent's Fee" is now to be known as the DBF Fee and is the property of the Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance (LDTBF). This results in significant changes to the necessary audit trail for fees due to the LTDBF

  • 2. Fees should be justifiable on the basis of a relationship to actual costs incurred.

  • 3. Fees should be as inclusive as possible, leaving "extras" to apply only to those items over which people have a genuine choice.

  • 4. All non-stipendiary ministers, including readers and retired priests with Permission to Officiate will be eligible to claim 70% of the statutory fee for weddings and funerals as appropriate.

The Diocese's Parochial Fees Working Group has been considering how best to implement these changes and has developed protocols, forms, advice and training for all parties involved. A pilot scheme has been carried out to test and refine these protocols and to ensure that all systems and advice are in place for these changes to be implemented from January 2013.

If you have any questions or concerns about parochial fees, please contact :

The current table of Parochial Fees, published by the Archbishop's Council

Parochial Fees Table 2014, 29 KB PDF document


The full text of the Fees Order can be read here.

The Archdeacons have issued the following advice regarding fees for Weddings due to take place in 2013 and beyond:

Wedding Fees, 32 KB PDF document


In the meantime, the Archbishop's Council has published the complete 2013 and 2014 provisional tables of fees which can be found here:

2013 Table of Fees

2014 Table of Fees

Parochial Fees Explained leaflets, in two different styles, have been produced including FAQs

Parochial Fees Explained - A4 Landscape, 1378 KB PDF document

Parochial Fees Explained - Tri-fold, 1354 KB PDF document