The Care of Church Buildings
The Church has ‘Ecclesiastical Exemption’ from some secular building control (listed building consent, for example) as it has its own method of control called Faculty Jurisdiction. PCCs need to seek permission for most work on their church building and this is sought via the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC’s guiding principle is to recognise church buildings first and foremost as centres for mission and ministry. It exists to help.
- James Halsall, DAC Secretary, 01473 298533, Email
- Charlotte Hodgson, Assistant DAC Secretary, 01473 298533, Email
- Nigel Farthing, Acting Diocesan Registrar
- Angela Long, Registry Clerk, 01473 406300
The DAC’s members are specialists in a wide range of subjects. They are happy to assist PCCs and may be contacted via James or Charlotte. The DAC meets eleven times a year. You can apply for a faculty by visiting the online faculty portal, alternatively you can access all application forms on our Forms & Guidance Notes page. The DAC has a range of GUIDANCE NOTES for PCCs to use. The list will expand in time and will be updated when necessary.
At some stage the PCC will have to consider appointing an architect or surveyor. At the very least every five years an inspection has to be carried out (the quinquennial inspection) and PCCs will have to choose someone from our approved list to undertake the inspection. Repairs following the inspection should be overseen by an architect or surveyor - ideally the one who carried out the inspection.
- DAC Meeting Dates 2018 | PDF
- Online Faculty Portal | Webpage
- All Application Forms | Weblink
- Quinquennial Inspection Approved List | PDF
Public notices need to be displayed as part of the faculty process. Works that are likely to significantly affect a listed church need to be displayed on the diocesan website. These can be seen on the link below.
- Public Notices (Rule 8.9 Notices)-+
Following the introduction of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules, PCCs no longer have to publish notices in a local newspaper when significant works affecting listed churches are concerned. Instead, under rule 8.9, public notices are to be displayed on the diocesan website with a deadline by which representations should be sent to the Diocesan Registrar, 20-32 Museum Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HZ.
Works deemed to fall into the following categories will have notices displayed on this page:
- Work involving alteration to or the extension of a grade I or II* listed church to such an extent as would be likely to affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest
- Work involving alteration to or the extension of a grade II listed church to such an extent as both to affect its exterior and affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest; or
- Work involving demolition affecting the exterior of an unlisted building in a conservation area.
The notice will appear as a link below with a date 28 days after its posting.