Diocese of Portsmouth

One of our historic church buildings, St Thomas a Becket in Warblington

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.

What is in List A and List B changed on 1 July 2022, as you can see from 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:

2022 Agenda Close Meeting

July 27/06/2022 14/07/2022
Sept 30/08/2022 08/09/2022
Oct 03/10/2022 13/10/2022
Nov 31/11/2022 10/11/2022
Dec 28/11/2022 08/12/2022

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

Quinquennial inspections

Every parish church (unless exempt) needs to undertake a quinquennial inspection (QI) to ensure the conservation of the fabric. These take place every five years and involve a survey to look at the condition of the church and assess what repairs will be required. This helps to ensure ongoing maintenance and repair work is planned appropriately. To undertake this every church must have appointed a suitably accredited Architect or Surveyor. They will undertake the survey and can also then assist and advise on works pertaining to the church in between.

Appointing an architect or surveyor

When making a new appointment, the PCC must seek the advice of the DAC on the proposed candidate to ensure their chosen architect or surveyor is suitably qualified for the age/listing of the building. The DAC Secretary has a list of those currently working within the Diocese – Please click here for the list – and can provide names of other suitable candidates. If the parish wish to appoint an architect or surveyor that is not known by the DAC then the Secretary will arrange an interview and/or request examples of previous relevant work. Please contact the DAC Secretary to discuss any of this process further.

See this link for general guidance and advice from the Church of England on this.

See the following link for arrangements for the Quinquennial Inspection within the Diocese of Portsmouth:


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.