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Peterborough Diocesan Advisory Committee

All consecrated buildings and burial grounds are subject to the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop. The Bishop does not exercise this jurisdiction personally, but through the Chancellor of the Diocese, who is one of the two legal officers of the diocese, the other being the Diocesan Registrar. Apart from certain matters contained in List A in Schedule 1 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015, no alterations may be made to a consecrated building or burial ground without the authority of the relevant Archdeacon for matters within List B. Matters not falling within List  A or List B or which are Excluded Matters will require a permission called a Faculty before work can commence.

Each Diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee ("DAC"). The functions of a DAC are set out in Schedule 2 of the The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. The principal function of the DAC is to advise the Chancellor on applications for Faculties.

The DAC includes Members with expertise in particular areas relating to church buildings, such as architecture, stained glass, organs, archaeology, etc. The DAC's main role is in advising the Chancellor of the Diocese in connection with applications for Faculties to authorise the carrying out of works to churches and churchyards, but the DAC is willing to give preliminary advice to Parochial Church Councils prior to their making applications for Faculties.

Churchwardens or Parochial Church Councils wishing to apply for a Faculty should send full details of their proposals to the DAC. The Peterborough DAC meets approximately every six weeks. The dates of the meetings are set out below, together with the deadline dates by which proposals must be sent to the DAC for inclusion on the agenda of each meeting. After the DAC has considered a parish's proposals, the Secretary will send out all the necessary Faculty paperwork.

Pending Faculty Petitions

Rule 9.9 of The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 provides that notice of all Faculty Petitions relating to Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings should be published on a diocesan web site. The notice must contain the following:

(a) details of the church or building to which the petition relates
(b) a statement that an application is being made to the consistory court for permission to carry out works to the church or building
(c) a description of the works
(d) details of where a copy of the petition, plans and other documents may be inspected, and
(e) a date (which must not be less than 21 days from the date of publication of the notice) by which any objection must reach the Registrar.

Please use the link below for a list of all current Faculty Petitions (other than petitions for exhumation). Only those marked Grade I or Grade II* are subject to Rule 9.9.

List of current pending Faculty Petitions

DAC Meetings and Agenda Deadlines

Date of Meeting Agenda Deadline
8 March 2016 23 February 2016
26 April 2016 12 April 2016
7 June 2016 24 May 2016
19 July 2016 6 July 2016
6 September 2016 23 August 2016
18 October 2016 4 October 2016
6 December 2016 22 November 2016

DAC Notes for Guidance

Index of Notes for Guidance

Legal and Practical Requirements

Access for People with Disabilities (2008)
Architects & Surveyors: Advice to PCCs on appointing (2011)
Architects & Surveyors: DAC Approved List
Architects & Surveyors: DAC expectations (2011)
Architects & Surveyors: Conservation Accreditation (2006)
Asbestos (Link to Health & Safety Executive web site)
Bats and Churches (2013)
Churches and VAT (2013)
Fire Safety (2008)
Fire Safety - Opinion by the Legal Advisory Commission
Funding (2006)
Health and Safety (2006)
Health and Safety Audit Questionnaire (2007)
Height: Working at Height Regulations 2005 (2006)
Parish Records: Safer Storage, Practicalities and the Law (2013)
Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007
Works Checklist (2006)

Information about getting permission to undertake work in churches and churchyards

Archaeology (2006)
English Heritage and Faculty Jurisdiction: Northants and Rutland (2006)
English Heritage and Faculty Jurisdiction: Peterborough and The Soke - application for advice form to be used by parishes in the Eastern Region of EH on advice from the DAC (2006)
How to Obtain a Faculty (2006)
Reordering your Church - Flow Chart (2014)
Site visits: when, why, who? (2006)
Specifications - DAC expectations (2011)
Specifications - Why does the DAC advise PCCs to get them? (2011)
Statements of Significance (2012)
Statements of Need: Making the most of your church building (2012)
What is the DAC? (2006)

Works affecting the exterior of the church building

Extensions and new build (2006)
Lime and historic fabric (2006)
Lead thefts - DAC Guidance (2007)
Lead thefts - English Heritage Guidance (2011)
Spire repairs (2006)
Standing fabric intrusion (making holes through historic fabric) (2006)

Internal works

Bells and Bell Frames (2006)
Bells and Bell frames: criteria for historic significance (2006)
CCTV (2006)
Chairs in church buildings (2006)
Clocks (2006)
Electrical work in churches (2015)
Electrical and lightning inspections (quinqunennial) (2015)
Electrical works - contractor's NICEIC/NAPIT/ECA declaration (2015)
Floors, levelling, altering and covering (2006)
Heating in churches (2006)
Heating methods (2006)
Internal lighting (2006)
Memorials and plaques in churches (2006)
Organs (2006)
Pew removal (2006)
Projector and screen installation (2006)
Redecoration (2006)
Re-ordering (internal) (2006)
Sale of Church Treasures - Church Buildings Council Policy (2012)
Sound and audio loop systems (2006)
Stained glass windows (commissioning) (2006)
Telecommunications installations (2006)
Timber - assessment and treatment (2006)
WC and Utilities (2006)
Woodwork (2006)

Churches and churchyards

Areas for cremated remains (2006)
Cesspits and Septic Tanks (2006)
Churchyard walls (2006)
Drainage and French Drains (2006)
Energy Efficiency in Churches 1 - Systems (2011)
Energy Efficiency in Churches 2 - Applications (2011)
External Lighting (2006)
Handrails - internal and external (2006)
Headstones, memorials and tombs in churchyards (2006)
Memorial Safety Guidance (Ministry of Justice) (2009)
Notice boards (2006)
Paths (2006)
Pipes and cables (2006)
Safety Testing of Memorials - Chancellor's Practice Direction 2012/01
Safety Testing of Memorials - Ministry of Justice Guidance (2009)
Safety Testing of Memorials - Ministry of Justice Q & A (2009)
Seats in churchyards (2006)
War memorials in churches and churchyards (2006)
Window Protection (2006)
Window Repairs (2007)

In addition to these guidelines, which are produced with the specific needs and experience of the Peterborough Diocese in mind, the DAC also keeps a wide range of nationally published information and booklets. This includes most of the Council for the Care of Churches publications and a wide range of magazine and journal articles for reference. Anyone is welcome to come and look at these (in the Diocesan Office, Peterborough); please contact the DAC Secretary to arrange a convenient time to visit.

Useful Web Sites

Church Care - For all aspects of looking after churches and churchyards, including sources of funding
Funds for Historic Buildings - For sources of funding
Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme and Memorials Grant Scheme - For details of reclaiming VAT on repairs (latest information is that this scheme will continue until March 2011)
Council for British Archaeology - Church Archaeology
Council for British Archaeology - Human remains
The Church of England - Treatment of Human Remains
Historic England - Guidance for best practice for treatment of human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds in England
Historic England - Home Page
Natural England
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
The Victorian Society
The Georgian Group

For further information

Please contact:


The DAC Secretary
The DAC Office
The Palace
Minster Precincts
Peterborough PE1 1YB

Tel: 01733-887007
Email: dac@peterborough-diocese.org.uk