Ownership & Management

Generally, parsonages are owned by the Representative Body but managed by a Parsonage Board in each diocese. Curate houses have a more mixed ownership, with many being held in trust for the benefit of a parish by the Representative Body, although often still managed by the Parsonage Board when an incumbent or curate is in residence. See Property Held for the Benefit of Parishes for more information.

The Parsonage Board decides the strategy and priorities for the acquisition, disposal, repair and maintenance of parsonages in its area. Each Board is served by an Inspector, employed by the Representative Body, who organises the work agreed by the Board. The arrangements governing Parsonages are set out in Chapter VII: Regulations Relating to Parsonages of the Constitution. Further details can be found in Guidelines for Clerics and the Parsonage Advice Handbook issued by each Diocese.