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DAC - The Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) advises on applications for faculties and List B works.

by Helen Clemow last modified 14 Jun, 2021 05:26 PM

News, Covid-19 updates, dates, and links to advice and contacts.

Please email the Church Buildings Team at Church House if you have a query, via  or call Dan Crooke on 07703 186693 or Alex Weedon on 07469 855525 (Mon-Thu).


The Home Office has announced a new round of grants for protective security at places of worship. Church of England churches that can show evidence of hate crime are eligible to apply to the scheme. Applications are open now, and close on 2 July. To apply for a grant it is necessary to provide evidence of vulnerability to hate crime. A fully worked up and costed proposal is not needed to apply as details will be worked up for eligible applications after 2 July with the Home Office’s nominated contractor.

For more information please see the website here.

Covid-19 updates

The government has updated its advice for places of worship and this can be found here.

The CBC maintains up-to-date guidance for incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click here to view numerous targeted advice notes on securing and caring for your church buildings during the pandemic.

Quinquennial Inspections and Diocesan Scheme review 2020

The  amendments made by the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2019 to the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 came into force in September 2020.  Read more about these changes, and access guidance notes and related documents here

Dates for 2021 DAC meetings

  • 29th January 2021 (Agenda Close 04th January)
  • 12th March 2021 (Agenda Close 12th February)
  • 14th May 2021 (Agenda Close 16th April)
  • 16th June 2021 (Agenda Close 1st June)
  • 16th July 2021 (Agenda Close 18th June)
  • 17th September 2021 (Agenda Close 20th August)
  • 19th November 2021 (Agenda Close 22nd October)



All Faculty, List B and List A applications are now made through the Online Faculty System. To access the Online Faculty System please click here. If you are unsure or get stuck there are a range of help manuals which can be accessed by clicking here, but if you are in any doubt please contact the Church Buildings Team who can help.

NB: applications will NOT be accepted by email - please use the link above. We'll answer queries as quickly as we can.

Changes to the Online Faculty System

A revised version of Online Faculty System (OFS) came into effect from 1st April 2020, to reflect the changes to the faculty rules. The main change that experienced users will notice is at the start of a new faculty application. At first, an application will require the provision of only two pieces of information:  Form 1 (the Standard Information Form), and a description of the proposed works.  The DAC will review this and provide advice about the next steps, according to what is really needed for the individual project. This is intended to encourage closer engagement, and will ensure that a church provides only the information that is needed to understand and determine an application.

For churches with far-reaching proposals that will change the character of a listed building, wide external consultation remains necessary, as part of securing a faculty. Importantly, the consultation stage has been moved earlier in the process, so that parishes will have the benefit of that advice, before the DAC issues its Notification of Advice. This regularises a working practice that has already become establishes in many dioceses.

If you are considering a major project please get in touch with the Church Buildings Team as early as possible in order to gain early DAC advice to help guide you through the project.


A small list of funding bodies with links to their website can be found here. This is not an exhaustive list nor it is a recommendation of applicability. Please see individual websites for more information.

Related links

Staff contacts

Miriam Longfoot

Dan Crooke
Assistant Church Buildings Officer 

07703 186693

(short bio here)

 Miriam Longfoot

Alex Weedon
Assistant Church Buildings Officer 

07469 855525 (Mon-Thu)


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