Last updated 8th March 2022
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.
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.
Appointing a New Architect
The legislation which governs the appointment of Inspecting Architects and Surveyors changed in 2020. Dioceses are no longer allowed to hold approved lists of architects and surveyors. Instead a list of all architects and surveyors who work in churches in the Blackburn Diocese is available on request from Jen Read, Senior Church Buildings Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07899 348952.
PCCs are free to appoint an architect or surveyor outside the list but before appointing, the advice of the DAC must be sought to ensure that any architect or suveyor has the relevent qualifications for the listing of the church.
Additional information can be found on the Churchcare website.