DAC meetings and dates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and church buildings

  • Please see the dedicated web page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for church buildings in Lichfield Diocese
  • The DAC meeting schedule below still applies, with statutory meetings conducted by remote means
  • However, it may not be possible to process all submitted applications, such as those that would normally require a DAC or adviser site visit – applicants will be contacted by the DAC Secretary by email if this is the case

DAC meetings

The Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) meets 8 times a year, at St Mary's House in Lichfield, to consider faculty applications for both informal (pre-application) advice and formal (statutory) advice, and applications for DAC advice on prospective quinquennial inspectors.

The minutes of DAC meetings, following approval by the DAC at each subsequent meeting, are published on this website.

Submissions and responses

Please note that faculty applications should be submitted:

Quinquennial inspector applications should be submitted:

Each application requires detailed review ahead of the DAC meeting, and as such the DAC Office operates a strict policy on submission dates. Applications received after the agenda closing date will be carried forward to the subsequent meeting.

Where an application has been received by the submission date, but where the DAC Office requests further supporting documents, then the separate documents deadline given below will apply (but only to those cases).

Following the DAC meeting, due to the large number of cases considered, please allow up to 7 working days to receive the DAC advice, which will be delivered by email.

Due process requires completion of the statutory Committee minutes, and approval of these by the DAC Chair, prior to parishes receiving the outcome of a DAC meeting.

Meeting dates

Permissions for works to churches and churchyards are governed by the Faculty Jurisdiction (Amendment) Rules 2019, which came into effect on 1st April 2020. The new legislation accordingly sees changes to how online applications submitted via the Online Faculty System (OFS) are applied for and processed.

Please note that an application for formal (statutory) advice submitted by an agenda closing date (submission deadline) below may be considered at a subsequent DAC meeting due to the requirement for an in-between period (up to 42 days) of external consultation with other statutory bodies (e.g. Historic England and the National Amenity Societies) via the OFS.

  • Before submitting a faculty application, please see the diocesan guidance on the main OFS changes to the application process and timings


Agenda closing date
(5.00 pm)
Documents deadline*
(5.00 pm)
Meeting date
(1.30 pm)
20 January 27 January 10 February
3 March 10 March 24 March
14 April 21 April 5 May
26 May 2 June 16 June
30 June 7 July 21 July
25 August 1 September 15 September
6 October 13 October 27 October
17 November 24 November 8 December**

* Applicable only to applications received by the agenda closing date
** Meeting starts at 10.00 am

Getting help…

For further information or advice, please contact:

Giles Standing, DAC Secretary
01543 622540 giles.standing@lichfield.anglican.org

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