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The Church Buildings Team & Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

by Helen Clemow last modified 08 Jun, 2022 03:08 PM

The Church Buildings Team work on behalf of the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) to offer advice & support when you need to carry out works to your church or churchyard.

If you have any queries please email the Church Buildings Team   


News, Updates, Dates, links to advice and contacts.

Lighting guidance revised

The Council has updated its lighting guidance, and revised guidance on lighting and floodlighting is now available. The links have been added to the Lighting page on ChurchCare. The guidance is relevant to churches undertaking lighting schemes as part of net-zero carbon works and is included in the guidance referred to in the 2022 Faculty Amendment Rules. Guidance associated with the new rules is all available here.

Guidance for Faculty (Amendment) Rules 2022

The recent amendments to the faculty rules come into force on 1 July. One element of the amendment is the introduction of the parish to have due regard to advice from the Church Buildings Council on net-zero carbon. There is a list of the core net-zero carbon guidance required to fulfil the requirement to have ‘due regard’ to it. This is here on ChurchCare. To make the rules workable this section highlights core documents that must be given due consideration when they are relevant. There is plenty more helpful guidance on the net-zero carbon church page. The Church Buildings Team will look to provide drop in sessions on training webinars on the new rules in the coming months.

DAC Jubilee Tree Planting Advice Note and Application Form

The advice note and application form to use when applying to plant a tree in the churchyard to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, can be found here

Examples of mixed use in church buildings

Do you have a community engagement project running in your church? Are you using the building in a different way that encourages community use? If so please get in touch.

The Church Buildings Team are looking for living, workable examples of mixed uses in church buildings that can be used to help other parishes thinking of doing similar projects. If you have any questions or want to know more please send an email to: 

Heating Guidance From The Church Buildings Council

The Church Buildings Council has added another 3 sections to their heating guidance. The guidance includes advice that will help a church consider its existing installation as well as guidance for parishes looking for new heating at a time when the church is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint.

Dates for 2022 DAC meetings

  • 14th January 2022 (Agenda Close 17th December 2021)
  • 18th February 2022 (Agenda Close 21st January)
  • 11th March 2022 (Agenda Close 11th February)
  • 22nd April 2022 (Agenda Close 25th March)
  • 13th May 2022 (Agenda Close 15th April)
  • 17th June 2022 (Agenda Close 20th May)
  • 15th July 2022 (Agenda Close 17th June)
  • 16th September 2022 (Agenda Close 19th August)
  • 14th October 2022 (Agenda Close 16th September)
  • 18th November 2022 (Agenda Close 21st October)


Online Faculty System

All Faculty, List B and List A applications are now made through the Online Faculty System.

If you are in any doubt please contact the Church Buildings Team who can help.

NB: applications will NOT be accepted by post or email - please use the link above. We'll answer queries as quickly as we can.


A small list of funding bodies with links to their website is available, this is not an exhaustive list nor it is a recommendation of applicability. Please see individual websites for more information.

Useful links & guidance


Staff contacts

Miriam Longfoot

Dan Crooke
Church Buildings Officer and DAC Secretary

07703 186693

(short bio here)

 Miriam Longfoot

Alex Weedon
Assistant Church Buildings Officer 

07469 855525 (Mon-Thu)


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