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

by Helen Clemow last modified 26 Nov, 2020 02:20 PM

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


Quinquennial Inspections; new CBC guidance and Model Scheme

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.  Please find the revised Salisbury Diocese guidance below.  This guidance was approved by Diocese Synod and Bishop Council in October 2020.  

Please contact the new Church Building team at Church House if you have a query.  

Energy Footprint Tool - Training Video here.

DAC team update 

The current DAC Secretary Sarah Baines will be leaving the team at the end of December.  Sarah started at the Diocese in May 2018 and has made many changes since she started, least of all moving applications online, the QI review and amending the DAC constitution.  A new DAC Secretary will be appointed shortly.  

Catherine Gray is joining the DAC team on a temporary part time basis until December 2020.  Catherine is currently working for Portsmouth DAC team processing List A & Bs and faculty applications. 

If you wish to contact any member of the DAC team please email



Covid-19 updates


The latest Ad Clerum from the Bishop of Salisbury contains guidance on access to church buildings to maintain the organine is very expereicned and , and by contractors.  Click here to view.

The CBC also 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.

Dates for 2020 DAC meetings

  • 18th September 2020 – (agenda close 21.8.20)
  • 20th November 2020 – (agenda close 23.10.20)
  • (Provisional 2021 date)
    29th January 2021 – (agenda close 1.1.21)

Click here to access the Online Faculty System

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.

All applications to the DAC Team will be processed using the online faculty system.   Please contact the DAC at an early stage, especially if you are considering a major project.

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

QI scheme review - September 2020
 IMPORTANT: the process for Quinquennial Inspection is changing from September 2020.  Read more about these changes, and access guidance notes and related documents here.

  • Latest Architects and Surveyors List
  • Guidance on appointing an architect
  • As part of the Governments’ 2016-2020 Hate Crime Action Plan, Places of Worship can once again apply for funding to assist with their Protective Security. Applications are open now and close on 9 August.

  • A new guidance document from Historic England regarding the replacement of lead roofs with stainless steel is now available here.

  • The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will roll over until end of March 2021. This is the Scheme whereby listed places of worship can reclaim the VAT charged on repair projects and alterations. It was due to come to an end in March 2020.
  • The funding available for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme will double.

Related links

Staff contacts

Sarah Baines

Sarah Baines
DAC Secretary 

07469 855525


Miriam Longfoot

Dan Crooke
Assistant Church Buildings Officer 

07703 186693
(short bio here)

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