The care and maintenance of our church buildings, their contents and churchyards is vitally important, now and for the future.
Advice and support for parishes in this area is provided by the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC). It is a statutory body that advises parishes, the Archdeacons, the Bishops, and the Chancellor ( an Independent Judge) of the Diocese on matters relating to the care and use of church buildings in the Diocese.
They are also able to advise on protecting church buildings, as well as offer general and specialist advice on church maintenance.
In the Church Buildings section, we cover how the DAC can support your parish, with dedicated pages on:
On this page you can find details about:
All forms, guidance documents, and policies relating to church buildings and the DAC can be found in the 'church buildings' section of the Documents store. You can also find some of the most commonly needed forms and guidance below:
Hiring of Church premises guidance notes
Hiring of Church Premises Hiring Agreement
Hiring of Church Premises Hiring Agreement for short-term Bookings
Hiring of Church Premises Supplementary Agreement for Groups Working with Children Young People or Vulnerable Adults
For all other guidance, please access the Document store.
Submissions should be made via the Online Faculty System and must be received by 1pm on the last date for submission to allow time for processing.
Where an application is complete and submitted by the deadline, every endeavour is made to include it on the next DAC agenda. However, if further information is requested because an application is incomplete, and if this is submitted after the deadline, it may not be possible for the case to be discussed at the next meeting.
To download the 2023 dates as a PDF file, please click here
- ChurchCare - churches
- Historic England - caring for heritage and places of worship
- The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
- Ecclesiastical Insurance - risk management