Diocese of Portsmouth

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:

2020 Agenda Close Meeting
Oct 28/09/2020 08/10/2020
Nov 02/11/2020 12/11/2020
Dec 30/11/2020 10/12/2020


2021 Agenda Close Meeting
Feb 01/02/2021 11/02/2021
March 01/03/2021 11/03/2021
April 29/03/2021 08/04/2021
May 03/05/2021 13/05/2021
June 01/06/2021 10/06/2021
July 28/06/2021 08/07/2021
Sept 31/08/2021 09/09/2021
Oct 04/10/2021 14/10/2021
Nov 01/11/2021 11/11/2021
Dec 29/11/2021 09/12/2021

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 dac@portsmouth.anglican.org.

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.

Please click here for the list

Arrangements for the Quinquennial Inspection

Download the PDF notes for Quinquennial Inspection Scheme 2021


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.