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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 Aug, 2020 08:59 PM


July DAC meeting update:

The Online Faculty System is experiencing some minor technical issues which is delaying the issuing of decisions.  All applicants will be notified of the outcome of July's meeting by Monday 17th August.  

DAC team update 

Jenny malekpour has now left the DAC team for pastures new.  We wish Jenny well in her new role and thank her for her hard work helping parishes.  Jenny's casework will now be divided up between Sarah Baines and Dan Crooke.  Please do contact Sarah or Dan if you have any queries.  


Covid-19 updates

The latest Ad Clerum from the Bishop of Salisbury contains guidance on access to church buildings to maintain the organ, 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



Dan Crooke

Dan Crooke
Assistant Church Buildings Officer 

07703 186693

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