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

by Helen Clemow last modified 29 Apr, 2021 09:40 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).


If you have a remote signalling intruder alarm you may be affected by the upgrading of the UK telephone network. Ecclesiastical Insurance has produced some guidance on this which can be found here. 

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.  

Energy Footprint Tool - Training Video 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.

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 July 2021 (Agenda Close 18th June)
  • 17th September 2021 (Agenda Close 20th August)
  • 19th November 2021 (Agenda Close 22nd October)

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.

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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