MEASURES FOR THE EXAMINATION, APPROVAL, AND REGISTRATION

OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY VENUES

Order of the State Bureau of Religious Affairs

 

(No. 2)

 

Adopted at the executive meeting of the State Bureau of Religious Affairs on April 14, 2005. They are hereby promulgated and shall come into force as of the date of promulgation.

(2005)

 

Article 1:   These Measures are formulated in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Regulation on Religious Affairs.

 

Article 2:    The religious activity venues are classified into two categories, i.e. temples, Taoist temples, mosques, churches, and other permanent places of religious activity. The concrete criterions for the classification of the aforesaid two categories of religious activity venues shall be formulated by the religious affairs departments of the people's governments of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government in light of their respective actual circumstances and shall be reported to the State Bureau of Religious Affairs for archival purposes.

 

Article 3:    Where a religious activity venue is to be established, the religious group of the county (city, district, banner) in which the religious activity venue is to be established shall file an application. If there is no religious group in the county (city, district, banner) where the religious activity venue is to be established, the religious group of districted city (prefecture, autonomous prefecture, or league) in which the religious activity venue is to be established may file an application. If there is on religious group in the districted city (prefecture, autonomous prefecture, or league) where the religious activity venue is to be established, the religious group of the province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government in which the religious activity venue is to be established may file an application. If there is on religious group in the province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government where the religious activity venue is to be established, the national religious group may file an application.

 

The religious affairs departments of the people's governments at the county level are the organs responsible for accepting the applications for the establishment of religious activity venues.

 

Article 4:    A religious group that applies for establishing a religious activity venue shall put forward a plan on the establishment of the preparatory organization. After its application is approved, it shall formally set up a preparatory organization to take charge of the preparatory affairs. The preparatory organization shall be composed of the relevant persons of this religious group, the instructors or other personnel meeting the requirements of this religion who can preside over the religious activities, as well as the representatives of religious citizens of the area where the religious activity venue is to be established.

 

Article 5:    When applying for the establishment of a religious activity venue, the applicant shall fill out an Application for the Establishment of a Religious Activity Venue and shall simultaneously submit the following materials:

 

(1)     An introduction to the relevant information about the religious citizens of the place where the religious activity venue is to be established;

 

(2)     The basic information about the instructors or other personnel meeting the requirements of this religion who can preside over the religious activities, and certifications for their permanent residence, resident identity and instructor identity;

 

(3)     The basic information about the members of the to-be-established preparatory organization, and certifications for their permanent residence, resident identity (as to the religious instructors, the religious instructor identity certifications shall also be offered);

 

(4)     A certification for the essential fund;

 

(5)     An explanation about the feasibility of the location of the to-be-established religious activity venue, and the to-be-established religious activity venue; and

 

(6)     Other relevant materials as required.

 

Article 6:    After the religious affairs department of the people's government at the county level accepts an application for the establishment of a religious activity venue, if it plans to approve it, it shall consult the opinions of the people's government of the township (town) or the opinions of the sub-district office of the place where the religious activity venue is to be established.

 

Article 7:    The preparatory affairs for the establishment of a religious activity venue shall be completed within the approved time limit for the preparatory establishment. The preparatory organization shall timely report the relevant information to the religious affairs department of the people's government at the county level where the religious activity venue is to be established.

 

The religious affairs department of the people's government at the county level or above of the place where the religious activity venue is to be established shall supervise and inspect the progress of the preparatory establishment.

 

Article 8:    Before a religious activity venue is registered, the preparatory organization shall be responsible for setting up a management organization for this venue by way of democratic negotiation. The management organization shall be composed of the instructors or other personnel meeting the requirements of this religion who can preside over the religious activities, and the representatives of religious citizens of the area where the religious activity venue is established.

 

Article 9:    After the preparatory establishment of a religious activity venue is completed, the management organization of this venue shall be responsible for going through the registration formalities in the local religious affairs department of the people's government. When applying for the registration of a religious activity venue, the applicant shall fill out an Application for the Registration of a Religious Activity Venue, and shall submit the following materials simultaneously:

 

(1)     An introduction to the establishment of a management organization by way of democratic negotiation;

 

(2)     The certifications for the permanent residence and resident identity of the members of the management organizations;

 

(3)     The certifications for permanent residence, resident identity and instructor identity of the instructors or other personnel meeting the requirements of this religion who can preside over the religious activities;

 

(4)     The texts of the relevant rules and regulations;

 

(5)     The relevant certifications for the building of the venue (if the building is newly established, the applicant shall provide the completion-based conformity certificates issued by the planning, construction and fire control departments; if the building is changed or expanded, the applicant shall provide the certification for the ownership or use right of the building and the fire safety completion-based conformity certification. If the building is rented, the applicant shall provide the fire safety completion-based conformity certification; and

 

(6)     An introduction to the lawful economic sources.

 

Article 10:  The Religious Activity Venue Registration Certificates and other relevant forms shall be printed and produced by the religious affairs departments of the people's governments of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government according to the formats formulated by the State Bureau of Religious Affairs. No Religious Activity Venue Registration Certificate may be altered, transferred or lent. If a Certificate is lost, the holder of the lost Certificate shall timely file an application with the registration administrative institution for a new one.

 

Article 11:  The religious activity venues that have gone through the registration formalities in accordance with the Administrative Regulation on the Religious Activity Venues prior to the implementation of the Regulation on Religious Affairs won't be re-registered.

 

Article 12:  Where any other fixed religious activity venue needs to be modified into a temple, Taoist temple, mosque or church, the applicant shall go through the relevant examination and approval formalities for temples, Taoist temples, mosques or churches in accordance with Article 13 of the Regulation on Religious Affairs and shall go through modification formalities in accordance with Article 16 of the Regulation on Religious Affairs.

 

Article 13:  Where an applicant intends to establish a religious activity venue in a district (county or city) of a municipality directly under the Central Government, it may directly file an application with the religious affairs department of the people's government of the district (county, city) of the municipality directly under the Central Government. The religious affairs department of the people's government of the district (county, city) of the municipality directly under the Central Government may approve the preparatory establishment of other permanent religious activity venues. The religious affairs department of the people's government of a district (county, city) of the municipality directly under the Central Government shall be the administrative organ for the registration of local religious activity venues.

 

Article 14: If no people's government at the level of districted municipality has been set up in the area where the religious activity venue is to be established, the application for the establishment of a religious activity venue shall, after it has been examined by the religious affairs department of the people's government at the county level, be directly submitted to the religious affairs department of the provincial people's government for examination and approval.

 

Article 15:  These Measures shall come into force as of the date of promulgation. The Measures for the Registration of Religious Activity Venues promulgated by the State Bureau of Religious Affairs in 1994 shall be repealed simultaneously.