by Helen Clemow last modified 26 Jun, 2019 01:12 PM

The work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the care of churches.

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Updated Listing 
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Contact: Catherine Bennett, 01722 438654,


Click here for the Online Faculty System.
Contact: Catherine Bennett, 01722 438654, 


Click here for the Online Faculty System.
Contact: Catherine Bennett, 01722 438654, 


Click here for the Online Faculty System.
Contact: Sarah Baines, 01722 438654,

    For full details about List A and List B works which do not require full faculty permission, please scroll down to the section  "Maintenance, repair works and items which do not require faculty".  Applicants will need to provide an application letter together with clear and full details/specifications of proposals in order that DAC advice can be sought about the works and the Archdeacons know exactly what is proposed.  The checklist provided will not be accepted  in place of full details/specifications

    List B Pro-forma Application letter 
    List B Checklist of Information Required 
    Guidelines for Emailing List B Applications

    Introduction   the Diocese of Salisbury has 584 parish churches, of which over 90% are ‘listed’ buildings. They represent the spiritual and social heart of their communities, and they all need to be taken care of.

    Increasingly, parishes are looking to adapt these buildings to meet the needs of worship, mission and wider community use.

    What is the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)?

    A statutory committee which plays an important role in advising parishes, the Archdeacons, the Diocesan Chancellor and the Bishop on the care and use of church buildings in the Diocese, including their contents and churchyards. More here.

    • Responsible for the effective operation of the first stages of Faculty Procedure when DAC 'formal advice' is  required
    • Provides advice to parishes needing  DAC  advice
    • Provides advice to parishes on works which do not require faculty (the DAC office processes applications for this)
    • Processes applications from architects and surveyors wishing to be included on the 'Diocesan List of Approved Inspecting Architects and Surveyors'
    • The DAC office is also responsible for maintaining the database of Quinquennial Inspection Reports and issuing reminders when inspections are due


    Faculty Jurisdiction (Ecclesiastical Exemption)

    A system for planning and carrying out all repairs and alterations to churches, contents and churchyards with proper consideration for historic fabric, architectural significance and archaeological impact.

    It also allows for due regard to be given to the role of a church as a local centre of worship and mission. The Archdeacons and Area Offices, the DAC, the Registrar and Chancellor help parishes achieve their aims by offering advice and support throughout the planning and faculty processes. More here.

    Diocesan Scheme for the Inspection of Churches - Quinquennials

    Each PCC is required to appoint an inspecting architect or surveyor and to have the church inspected every five years (quinquennial inspection).

    The DAC maintains the Diocesan List of Architects and Surveyors approved to carry out the inspections. The inspection scheme is also administered by the DAC Office on behalf of the Archdeacons. More here.

    Maintenance, repair works and items which do not require Faculty

    Under the new Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, which came into effect on 1 January 2016, new provisions relating to works which can be carried out without faculty were introduced.  For enquiries, please contact the DAC office via 01722 438654 or .  Full details of the List A and List B, works which do not require faculty, go to the  Diocesan Registry page.

    Applications for the Archdeacon's  List B approval are processed by the DAC office.  Please allow time for your application to be processed .  Detailed proposals are required and although a check list is provided as a helpful guide to indicate the nature of details required with an application, the checklist should not be submitted in place of proper detailed proposals/ specifications. Send your application to . Please do not send the application directly to the Archdeacon. You will need to provide an application letter and full details of proposals:

    Pro-forma Application Letter 
    Checklist of Detailed Information Required 
    Guidelines for Emailing List B Applications

    (Reference the checklist, there  is guidance about CDM* Regulations here, and on the Churchcare pages)

    Please ensure that all necessary information is provided with your application to avoid delay in the determination of the application wherever possible.  The Archdeacon and DAC can usually deal with each application within four weeks and are often able to process them more swiftly than this.  Nevertheless, each application is unique and will be dealt with on its own merits and as such no guarantee can be given about the time it will take to determine an application. However, if you have not received an acknowledgement of your application within 10 working days,  please contact the DAC office for confirmation that it has been received; experience has shown that some e.mailed  applications with large attachments are not delivered  due to restrictions on the sender's/receiver's e.mail systems.

    DAC Informal Advice and Resources (for re-ordering and specialist work)

    The DAC is very willing to offer informal advice to parishes about their proposals before faculty is applied for. More here.

    Faculty permission (DAC formal advice)

    Before you can petition (apply) for faculty, you will have to obtain the DAC's‘formal advice’ about proposals. Full details and application papers here.

    DAC Awards

    Awards are given annually as a way of recognising and honouring the work and dedication of those responsible for applications. More here.

    Health and Safety

    The HSE guide for contractors on small projects is here,
    And the HSE guide for clients on small projects is here.

    General advice on current regulations is available via dac@salisbury.anglican.org -
    click here for other useful contacts, including consultees.

    *CDM = Conservation and Design Management

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