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Last updated 13th December 2021

Quinquennial inspection

The Church of England's quinquennial inspection system requires the inspection of church buildings every five years by an architect or chartered building surveyor approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), paid for by the parish.

Format for Quinquennial Reports

The quinquennial report is one of the key documents which assists the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the care and repair of a church building, for which it is legally responsible. It gives a snapshot of the repair needs of the building, and lists the repairs required according to their priority. 

Once the survey has been conducted by your architect, the report (guidance on the report structure) should be submitted electronically by them to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC).  The DAC will advise the PCC as to whether the report is sufficient, at which point the architect's invoice should be paid. 

Further details on the process, and a list of DAC approved architects are available from the Church Buildings Officer and DAC Secretary


Additional information can be found on the Churchcare website.