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Churches and churchyards

Information about legal matters and the management of church buildings and churchyards is available on the Peterborough Diocesan Registry website:

Faculty Jurisdiction – PUBLIC NOTICES

Click here for a list of current Faculty applications relating to Grade I and Grade II* listed churches.

Making a Complaint about a Chancellor

The procedure to make a complaint can be found here

Ash dieback

Sources of advice about "ash dieback"

Church Major Works Fund

For details see the finance and administration page.

Care of church buildings (the DAC)

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) is a statutory body set up under The Faculty Jurisdiction Measures of 1938 & 1992. It offers advice to Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and to the Chancellor of the Diocese about proposed works. It calls upon a range of experts and consultants who offer their skills on a voluntary basis.

Contact the DAC

DAC Secretary: Sally Van der Sterren

01733 887007

DAC meeting and agenda deadlines:

What does the DAC do?

The DAC responds to requests for advice on the care of church buildings from Parochial Church Councils, individuals and the Chancellor of the Diocese. One of its main roles is in advising the Chancellor of the Diocese in connection with applications for a Faculty to authorise works to churches and churchyards.

Quinquennial Inspections

It is a legal requirement that Quinquennial Inspections should only be undertaken by architects (and certain other qualified persons) formally approved by the DAC. The DAC keeps the Approved List of Architects and Surveyors which is available on request. 

Applying for a grant for a quinquennial inspection

The diocese offers a grant as a contribution towards the cost of the quinquennial inspection of its churches. Where the parish concerned has already paid its parish share, the grant will be paid to the PCC. Where a parish has not yet completed its parish share payment for the year, an amount equivalent to the grant will be deducted from the parish share still owing. To apply, please send a copy of the quinquennial inspector’s invoice, with a covering letter requesting the grant, to:

The Diocesan Office, The Palace, Peterborough, PE1 1YB.

If you have any queries please contact Mary Driver on 01733 887020.

Guidance Notes

The DAC issue Guidance Notes on a wide range of relevant subjects, including health and safety, churchyards, toilet and kitchen facilities etc. Many of these are available to download direct from the DAC page of the Peterborough Diocesan Registry website (scroll down the page to find the relevant section).

Applications for a Faculty

Churchwardens or Parochial Church Councils wishing to apply for a Faculty to authorise works to churches and churchyards should send full details of their proposals to the DAC. A note of the deadlines by which such proposals should be received is on the Peterborough Diocesan Registry website.

Advice and Information

Contact the DAC Secretary for further advice and information on matters concerning church building works or alterations to the fabric of church buildings. A great deal of information on the subject, including faculty jurisdiction, memorials and chancel repairs is also available from the Peterborough Diocesan Registry website.

Various guidance notes on security and safety issues are available on the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group website.


Find a Church

We are currently updating our clergy database, which means that it is not currently possible to view clergy or parish church contact details on our website. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. This feature should be reinstated by the 1st October 2021.

In the meantime, if you require contact details for a member of clergy please search A Church Near You or contact Luke Smith who will be happy to help.