Welcome to the DAC

Welcome to the webpages of Sheffield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The DAC works with all parishes to ensure their buildings are well-maintained

places of hope, opportunity, sociability and life-changing experience.


The Sheffield DAC aims:

  • To ensure church buildings are maintained to the best possible standard
  • To promote due regard for faculty jurisdiction so that churches retain control of their buildings
  • To advise on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the diocesan chancellor, the archdeacons and parishes.
  • Provide practical advice and encouragement to help congregations make strategic, evidence-based and sustainable changes to their buildings
  • To invigorate and support worshipping congregations by exploring new ways of engaging with local communities
  • To encourage and assist churches to discover, celebrate and share the heritage of their building and parish.
  • To employ heritage as a means of fostering educational opportunities, widening horizons and raising skills within the local community.
  • To help churches create a welcoming, stimulating and hospitable heart for their parishes seven days a week.
  • To ensure all works are carried out to the best possible standard
  • To foster the role of church buildings as positive and valued assets in cultivating and supporting the ever-changing social, cultural and spiritual needs of their parishes
  • To  preserve heritage and make church buildings fit for the liturgies, uses and technologies of the twenty-first century.


The  DAC is keen to support carefully developed plans from churches who are striving to discern how best their building can serve their congregation and community.

Churches are encouraged to engage with the DAC at the earliest stage of their thinking to help find solutions that are feasible, achievable and sustainable.

Please plan ahead and allow sufficient time for your application to be considered and  completed well in advance of any anticipated starting date for the works.

Reading the short blog from Law and Religion on the Risks of disregarding the faculty jurisdiction clearly explains the consequences of ignoring ecclesiastical exemptions and is well worth five minutes of your time.


Useful Links

DAC  Meetings and Cut-Off Dates 2017

DAC Members and Advisors 2017

The statutory role of the DAC.

Preparing for a DAC Visit

Find a church in the Diocese of Sheffield


Click on the links below to find a wide range of advice on making the best of your building


News and Funding Opportunities

Faculty Forms

List A & B Works and Log

Maintenance and Repairs

Churchyards and Notice Boards

QI Reports and Appointing an Architect

Health and Safety


Preparing for Change

Statements of Significance and Needs

Resource Directory


Records Management

Save or Delete? A guide explaining what docouments and records have to be kept by law and for how long.