The Diocesan Advisory Council for the Care of Churches
Here you will find information, resources and documents from the DAC:
Portsmouth Diocesan Advisory Committee
All DACs exist to advise the Diocesan Chancellor about any requests for works affecting churches or churchyards and their contents. The committee’s aim to work to protect church buildings as part of our national heritage but also to help parishes have functioning buildings that enable worship and mission.
The faculty system oversees any changes to your building(s) and involves three levels of permission:
- Level A: minor works that need to be logged but don’t need any formal permissions.
- Level B: general like for like repairs, maintenance and changes that don’t affect the fabric.
- Faculty: All other works.
The full lists of what’s possible can be found here. For any faculty works that involve significant change to the building we recommend that you undertake early consultation about the proposals and major projects will also require ongoing conversations with the DAC. If you would like members of the DAC to undertake a site visit then please do contact us. At site visits members offer informal advice which is then followed up with a report. The full DAC committee meets 10 times a year to discuss submitted faculty works, site visits and any correspondence or advice requested from parishes. See dates below.
DAC Timetable of Business
The latest calendar of meetings and deadlines for agenda items:
In order to assist with processing casework and to comply with consultation requirements, agenda items must be received by 9 am on the agenda closing date. Following the meeting we will email/telephone to inform parishes of what was discussed/agreed.Please contact the DAC Secretary on 023 9289 9687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Heritage List for England
Architects and Surveyors
Every church must have an appointed accredited Architect or Surveyor to assist and advise on works pertaining to the church.
Please see below link for current Architects and Surveyors within the Diocese.
Arrangements for the Quinquennial Inspection
If you have been involved in faculty proceedings and feels that you have been treated discourteously by the chancellor (or deputy chancellor) or that there has been excessive delay in handling the proceedings, you may wish to make a formal complaint. The procedure for doing so can be found here.