The Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) will meet 6 times in 2024, by online conferencing or in person at St Mary's House in Lichfield, to consider faculty applications for both informal (pre-application) advice and formal (statutory) advice.
The full explanatory minutes of DAC meetings, following approval by the DAC at each subsequent meeting, are published on this website.
Please note that faculty applications should be submitted:
through an online application via the Online Faculty System (OFS)
with all of the required supporting documents uploaded to the case
by the agenda closing dates (submission deadlines) given below
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 a separate documents deadline will apply (but only to those cases).
Before submitting a faculty application, please see the diocesan guidance on the faculty application process
Following the DAC meeting, due to the large number of cases considered, please allow up to 10 office 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.
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.
The Lichfield DAC Delegated Authority Policy was updated at the October 2023 DAC meeting to broaden the use of delegated authority, and includes faculty applications for both informal (pre-application) advice and formal (statutory) advice.
The delegated authority faculty procedure permits a 'minor' faculty application to be delegated to a DAC member or adviser to recommend the case on behalf of the Committee, not requiring it to go to a DAC meeting. Applications are administered on a rolling programme rather than through the meeting schedule.
For further information, please see the delegated authority faculty procedure
DAC meeting dates
Agenda closing date (5.00 pm)(All Mondays)
Meeting date (2.00 pm)(All Wednesdays)