Parish Vacancies

This page provides a set of links to useful materials on the law of parish vacancies in the Church of England.

A time of vacancy requires all parties to work together to cover the period of vacancy and seek a new incumbent. It is hoped that the following links will be of assistance to benefices in vacancy and their patrons, each case has its own specific set of facts and so where ambiguities or uncertainties exist it is suggested that assistance is sought from the relevant Diocesan Registrar. Contact details for your Diocesan Registrar can be found at

Statutory Materials


Legal Opinions of the Legal Advisory Commission of the Church of England

Other Resources