The Diocese of Lincoln is blessed with some of the most important and impressive church buildings anywhere in the country. They are the most visible and often the most physically impressive expression of our Christian heritage and the faith that they represent. They are principally living centres of mission and worship. Parishes work hard in trying to maintain their buildings and it is the job of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) to help them in this important task.

Coronavirus outbreak 2020

A document from the national Church of England on securing and caring for church buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here. This is aimed at incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members. 

Other documents from the national church that may be useful include:

Heating and ventilation paper from the Revd Elaine Turner, Chair of the Diocesan DAC with links to national Church of England advice on heating and ventilation.

Guidance for churches and cathedrals on access to their buildings for construction work during lockdown 

Guidance for PCCs, incumbents and cathedral Chapters: opening church buildings for works to the building and interior

Faculty Jurisdiction

The Church of England is exempt from parts of the secular planning process with regard to Listed Building Consent because the Faculty Jurisdiction takes its place. A parish may need a faculty for significant repair work, for reordering or for extending a building. Faculties also give formal permission for the purchase or disposal of items: this formal permission is necessary to ensure that any new items are in keeping, and protects any items which are of particular value or significance from being disposed of inappropriately. The DAC advises the Chancellor of the Diocese on the merits of each faculty application to help him decide whether it should be granted. The DAC can also offer advice about finding an approved architect to undertake quinquennial inspections.

Applying for a faculty

Most applications have to be made through the Online Faculty System.  Many minor works will need no permission (List A) or will simply require the authorisation of the Archdeacon (List B).   You can check which is the most appropriate by looking through the Lists (link to If the works you proposed to undertake don’t appear in the Lists then it will require a full faculty.

A short step-by-step guide to applying for a faculty can be found here.

Depending upon the work you wish to undertake, you may have to consult the Church Buildings Council or one of the National Amenity Societies.   The DAC will guide you if this is necessary.   If you are proposing exterior changes to the building then you may still need to apply for planning permission as well as a faculty; again, the DAC will guide you if this may be the case

If you are contemplating work to your church building, its contents or the churchyard then please do get in contact with the Church Buildings Team as below:

DAC and Pastoral Secretary -  Steven Sleight

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01522 504069

Assistant Pastoral Secretary - Peter Duff

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01522 504045

DAC Meeting Dates 2021

The dates when the DAC meet are listed below.

Please note that the deadline for agenda items is two weeks before the date of the meeting.

Thursday 11 February
Tuesday 16 March
Wednesday 05 May
Tuesday 08 June
Thursday 08 July
Wednesday 08 September
Wednesday 13 October
Thursday 11 November
Tuesday 07 December

Agenda items and queries
Email: [email protected]


The Church Buildings Council has advice notes on many aspects of church building, furnishings and fittings.   For the full list, click here:

Historic churches support

Regular maintenance is key in keeping our historic churches in good repair. For information, advice and support for parishes which are experiencing difficulties working with their church building, funding applications, planning support on conservation projects, and help to understand the history of your building, please contact the Historic Churches Support Officer - Matthew Godfrey at [email protected] or telephone 01522 504048. 

The ChurchCare website includes information on sources of funding – this is available here

The National Churches Trust publishes a list of major grant funders – this is available here.

Church Development

It is becoming increasingly important for a church building to be used for more than just Sunday morning worship. If you would like advice on open and welcoming churches, welcoming visitors, expanding the use of church buildings, and how to initiate, build upon and sustain community-focused activities and events, including arts and heritage projects, and improving intellectual access to the church building through interpretation, then please contact the Church Development Officer.

The department is here to help and serve all those who care for church buildings throughout greater Lincolnshire. The department offers monthly surgery dates for parishes to book an hour to come and talk about any aspect of their work with which they would like help. Surgery dates and booking information will appear here in due course.

Church Building Surgeries go digital

Do you have repair works that have been flagged up in a Quinquennial Inspection, realise that you need to re-order to make the building more useable by more people when we can open fully again or have always wanted to know how to interpret your church building but didn’t know where to start?  

Matthew Godfrey, Historic Churches Support Officer and Fran Bell, Church Development Officer from the Church Buildings Team continue to run surgeries, where parishes can book an hour long slot to talk about anything church building related.  

Whilst we cannot meet you in person at the moment, we can arrange to meet you via Zoom. Get in contact to book a digital appointment.  We might not be able to make you a cup of tea or offer you the team biscuit tin at the moment, but we can still listen and offer advice so that your church building project runs smoothly.

Please contact Fran Bell ([email protected] ) for an appointment. 

Information on the Building Capacity in the Rural Parish Church project is available here.

Faculty Application Notices

Faculty notices will appear here.