last updated on: 22nd Jun 2016

What is the DAC?

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) is the diocesan committee required within the Faculty process, to act as an advisory body on matters affecting places of worship in the diocese, having due regard to the Church's role as a local centre of worship and mission, relating to their: -

  • Architecture, archaeology, art and history 
  • Use, care, planning and design 
  • Use and care of their contents 
  • Use and care of churchyards

The DAC is required to give advice to Parochial Church Councils, particularly in respect of proposals which will require either a Faculty or Minor Works permission, as they develop their thinking about any projects they may have, or repairs or remedial works they may need to undertake. To reach the other related pages from the DAC, click the cursor on 'DAC' in the red line above for further advice/circulars etc and drop-down menus will appear.

It consists of members, appointed by the Bishop, who between them have knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings, liturgy and worship, architecture, archaeology, art, history and experience of the care of historic buildings and their contents. They give their time free and are an invaluable source of advice to PCCs.
The Committee has a wide range of experts who can offer technical advice on the best way to proceed.

The DAC also offers early advice to: -

- a PCC if it is considering a major re-ordering, the addition of new facilities (e.g. a WC or kitchen), or an extension
- Anyone else who is contemplating making an application for a private faculty
- The Diocesan Chancellor (who is responsible for granting all Faculties)

If you need to contact me, please do so at the following address: -

Rupert Allen
DAC Secretary
Diocese of Leicester
St Martins House
7 Peacock Lane
Leicester LE1 5PZ
T: 0116 261 5332 (Direct Line with voicemail)
E:  correspondence or applications (with attachments) N.B. No zip files please

       Rupert Allen

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