Care of Churches and the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)
Each diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches, known as the DAC. Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the Diocesan chancellor, the Archdeacons and parishes.
The DAC is a statutory committee whose members (apart from the Archdeacons) are volunteers appointed by the Bishop's Council. They include specialists, clerics and lay members and they advise the Chancellor of the Diocese about the issue of faculties, but the DAC is also there to serve the parishes.
The DAC also advises churchwardens, parishes and clergy who are planning work to their churches. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, who have between them knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture, archaeology, art and history and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents. The committee members are supported by a team of consultants and specialist advisers.
Before a parish takes any action to a church involving alteration, repair, extension or demolition, or the addition or removal of contents it must submit a Faculty Petition for the Chancellor's approval.
Before approaching the DAC, it may be useful to read "Why a Faculty?" which we have produced to give more information including details of the process step-by-step,
The initial part of the process is to seek informal advice, ultimately leading to formal approval, from the DAC.
Get the advice of the DAC as early as possible! The Committee meets 11 times a year - see the dates for 2013 and 2014. For more information, including closing dates for agendas from Sarah Davis at the Diocesan Registry
The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England has published guidance for churches interested in hosting community shops on their premises - The Guidelines and Best Practice for the Provision of Community Shops in Churches and Chapels. This is available on the ChurchCare website.
The latest issue of Ecclesiastical's Church Matters newsletter is available on their website.
In this edition, the cover story, 'Can an open church be secure?' is a reminder that churches should not think that insurance considerations are a barrier to keeping a church open to the public during the day providing the right risk assessments are undertaken. A special feature is the centre page 'risk planner' which we would encourage churches to keep handy and refer to throughout the year.
- Ph: 01749 674747
- Address: 14 Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RE
- email Sarah
Sarah can advise on the procedure for obtaining advice from the DAC and faculty approval. She can help on a range of matters including the appointment of new church architects, the names of conservators and archaeologists or point you in the right direction!
For support and advice on funding and resourcing any building works, please visit our Stewardship pages. Here you’ll find lots of ideas and best practice around fundraising and appeals, as well as the latest information on grants and useful websites and contacts.
There are a range of guidance notes and policy papers which can help parishes formulate proposals for approval by the DAC. View the full list of papers available and download those of interest.
Another useful source of information is the Churchcare website which is intended to help you, the people involved in caring for such buildings, through offering practical advice, guidance, and links to other useful sources of advice.
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