Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) for the Care of Churches and Churchyards

No changes may be made to the fabric of a church or its contents, or in the curtilage of a church, or in a churchyard, nor may new contents be introduced into a church, not existing contents removed, without proper authority.

Before the question of a formal application even arises, all persons contemplating carrying out works, other than repairs of a really trivial nature, are strongly recommended to consult the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and Churchyards, which can offer valuable assistance in the formation of projects. The Committee includes experts in many fields among its members, and it is hoped that the views of the Committee will be sought before projects are finalised.

 The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 came into force on 1st January 2016, and these have made some changes to the procedure for obtaining a faculty. The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 remains in force. Information regarding procedure can be obtained from the Secretary, Diocesan Advisory Committee, Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford, GU2 7YF, tel: 01483 790313, as well as from the Registry, 1 The Sanctuary, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 0207 222 5381, email:

Church and Churchyard Faculty information can be found in the following document 'Diocesan Advisory Committee'

Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015

Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015
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List A - Jurisdiction Rules 2015

This prescribes matters which may be undertaken without a faculty subject to any specified conditions....
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List B - Jurisdiction Rules 2015

This prescribes matters which may, subject to any specified conditions, be undertaken without a faculty....
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Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The Diocesan Advisory Committee helps parishes to manage any kind of change to their church buildings, such as repairs, reordering or extensions; and to advise the Chancellor of such work. This is a legal requirement as our churches are subject to Faculty Jurisdiction as many of them are listed.
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