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Fabric Advisory Committees

The Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) is the national body overseeing the Church’s controls over certain types of work to its cathedrals in England. Click the link to find out more.

Each cathedral also has a local Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC). The Commission and FACs are both statutory decision-making bodies and also have a duty to advise the cathedral chapter.

An FAC’s work involves:

  • Determining applications made to it by the cathedral chapter for approval of works under the Care of Cathedrals Measure. Click the link for more information.
  • Giving advice to the cathedral chapter on the care, conservation, repair or development of the cathedral, or on specific projects.
  • Overseeing the drawing up and maintenance of the cathedral’s inventory.
  • Drawing up the list of objects on the inventory which, in the FAC’s view, should be designated as being of outstanding interest.

FACs can have a minimum of six, and a maximum of ten, members. Half the members are appointed by the cathedral chapter.   Members of chapter or people employed at the cathedral cannot be members of the FAC. Half the members are appointed by the Commission. They are people with special knowledge of the care and maintenance of buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest, and of that particular cathedral.


An FAC must meet at least twice a year. FACs set their own calendars of meetings independently of the Commission.


A template role description for FAC members can be downloaded here in Word and PDF format. Cathedrals are welcome to adapt it to suit their own needs.

A document outlining the elements of the Care of Cathedrals Measure relating to FACs can be downloaded here. It is a guide to the statutory elements of the role and may be useful when making decisions and giving advice to Chapters.