Each diocese has a Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (known as the DAC). The Diocesan Advisory Commitee is a statutory body set up under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the diocesan chancellor, the archdeacons and parishes. As the first stage of the Faculty Jurisdiction, the Diocesan Advisory Committee considers faculty applications and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted.
The Diocesan Advisory Committee also advises churchwardens, parishes and clergy who are planning work to their churches. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, who have between them knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture, archaeology, art and history and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents. The committee members are supported by a team of consultants and specialist advisers.
The Diocesan Advisory Committee provides advice and support to parishes at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion. It is recommended to consult your Diocesan Advisory Committee as early as possible in order to avoid unnecessary waste of time and costs.
Most Diocesan Advisory Committees produce a number of guidance notes and leaflets on a variety of topics. Your Diocesan Advisory Committee also needs to approve your chosen architect or surveyor for the Quinquennial Inspection and can provide you with a list of approved architects and surveyors.