The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) is a statutory body set up under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction, which provides advice and guidance on the care of churches and churchyards.
Making changes to church buildings, contents or grounds requires submission of a faculty application (a request for permission) to the Chancellor of the Diocese. Faculties are issued by the Chancellor or the Archdeacons, taking the DAC’s advice into account.
The DAC is made up of the Chair, the Revd Canon Matt Barnes, the Archdeacons, representatives of the clergy and laity and national heritage organisations together with architects and others with specialist knowledge. The DAC also has a panel of expert advisers who serve in a voluntary capacity and can be called on to provide additional specialist advice. Between them the members and advisers of the DAC have expertise in a wide variety of specialist fields, including architecture, art, archaeology, bells, heating, organs, clocks, sound and audio systems, liturgy and the environment.
The work of the DAC is vital if the Church is to retain freedom to handle its own planning consents and so protect the role of the churches as places used for worship.
Faculty application closing dates 2024
Friday 5th January 2024
Friday 1st March 2024
Friday 3rd May 2024
Friday 14th June 2024
Friday 30th August 2024
Friday 8th November 2024
DAC Committee MembersRevd Canon Matthew Barnes, Chairman
Venerable Karen Hamblin, Archdeacon of East Derbyshire
Venerable Nicky Fenton, Archdeacon of Derbyshire Peak & Dales
Mr James Darwin, Amenities Societies Representative
Mr Simon Gratton, Conservation Architect
Revd Canon Julian Hollywell, clergy member
For advice or guidance, please contact:
Kat Alldread: 01332 388683
A series of Learning in Faith Bitesize training sessions are available online to guide you through church maintenance and the faculty process. The training sessions are free of charge and available to access at any time.
The Derby Diocesan Registry website has further information on faculty jurisdiction, churchyards, memorials and more.
REMEMBER : Reguar attention to these things saves you money ...
inspection: undertake regular inspections, to assess condition, identify problems and to decide whether work is necessary
regular maintenance tasks: jobs like clearing gutters, testing services, checking for damp and clearing the churchyard
minor repairs: ongoing minor repairs to the building, perhaps as the result of extreme weather, can include fixing slipped roof tiles, replacing broken glass or making temporary ‘flashband’ repairs
Download your Maintenance Checklist here.
Other helpful information can be found on the National Churches Trust webpages.
To find accredited maintence contractors register for FREE with Maintenance Booker.
All applications for works to churches can be made through the Online Faculty System
Additonal Matters Orders
The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules allow the Chancellor to make an order for items that are not listed in Lists A and B to be treated as such rather than needing a full faculty.
Links to the AMOs applicable to this diocese are given below.