Diocese of Newcastle

Diocesan Advisory Committee for the care of churches (DAC)

The DAC's objective is to promote and enable church buildings and churchyards to be resources for the mission of the church, by ensuring that they are well maintained and cared for.

DAC members are experts in their field and are eager to help and advise in the process of obtaining a Faculty for major works.

Small groups of Committee members often visit churches where a project is proposed and work with the parish as the project develops.

The Church of England is exempt from certain demands of the secular planning system; this is a privilege worth striving to retain, but exemption from one set of demands means that those set by our own Faculty system must be at least equally high. To those we add our own view of the church’s calling and purpose.

Church buildings do not just belong to the congregations currently maintaining them and possibly developing them, but to a much wider constituency. They are the churches of the whole community in the parishes they serve, and they belong to past and future generations as much as to the present.

Primarily, they belong to God.

New Faculty Jurisdiction Rules

The 1st January 2016 sees the introduction of the new Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. These rules are intended to simplify the Faculty system and enable a wider scope of works to be carried out without the need for a Faculty.

Proposed work will be classified as either being on the 'List A', 'List B' or requiring a Faculty.

'List A'

There is a new national ‘List A’ of works which can be carried out on your church without a Faculty. This replaces the previous 'De Minimis' and 'Minor Works' lists.
Click here to download the full 'List A'.

'List B'

There is a new national ‘List B’ of works which can be carried out once the written permission of the Archdeacon has been obtained. Most of these will be repairs and routine maintenance or small works identified in the Quinquennial Inspection report.
Click here to download the full 'List B'.

For 'List B' matters the Archdeacon will consult with a member or members of the DAC for informed informal advice. It is hoped that this will enable parishes to get on with the work without delay. The Archdeacon may, however, set conditions on the way the work is to be carried out.

All other works will still require a Faculty.

We hope to begin the process of transferring to the Online Faculty System in early 2016. In the interim period, if you believe that work you wish to carry out falls within the 'List B', please contact your Archdeacon.

If work is not on the list then please contact Lucy Burfield, DAC Secretary in the usual way (a list of Frequently Asked Questions which you can download here.

  • The full set of rules can be downloaded here.

  • Trees, Bells and Organs

    If you are proposing work to trees or to bells you will find some items specified in the Lists A and B, but in any event you will also need to refer to the Church Buildings Council Statutory Guidance which you can download below:.