Working with the DAC

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.

>> See the current faculty applications

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.

Important dates

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

2024 meeting dates (PDF format)

DAC Committee Members

Revd Canon Matthew Barnes, Chairman
Mrs Kat Alldread, DAC Secretary

Venerable Karen Hamblin, Archdeacon of East Derbyshire
Venerable Matthew Trick, Archdeacon of Derby & South Derbyshire
Venerable Nicky Fenton, Archdeacon of Derbyshire Peak & Dales
Dr Christopher Charlton OBE, Member nominated by English Heritage
Mr James Darwin, Amenities Societies Representative
Mr Alex Gilbert, Local Authorities Representative
Mr Richard Brook, Conservation Architect
Mr Simon Gratton, Conservation Architect
Mr Richard Smith, Conservation Architect
Mrs Virginia Davis, lay member
Revd Canon Julian Hollywell, clergy member
Revd Canon Peter Walley, clergy member

For advice or guidance, please contact:

Kat Alldread: 01332 388683 

Email:  dac@derby.anglican.org


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.

Churchcare provides a series of guidance notes relating to the care, use and development of church buildings. For further information and guidance, click on the Guidance Notes button below.

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


Submitting applications

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.

>> Additional Matters Order - Vaccination Centres [PDF]

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