Churches

The following sections contain information about the care, maintenance and management of churches. Click on a heading for more information on that topic. More general help, such as Health & Safety issues, is available in the Guidance & Policy section. This will be supplemented over the next few weeks in a General Topics section when it becomes available online.

Ownership & Management

Most churches are held in trust by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales but managed by PCCs. Find out more here.

Routine Maintenance

Information for establishing a regular routine inspection and maintenance programme for your church.

Quinquennial Inspections

All churches require a five yearly inspection to be carried out by a suitably qualified Architect or Building Inspector.

Faculties

You will need permission in the form of a faculty to carry out any work to your church other than routine maintenance and minor repairs.

Designations & Permissions

Find out what building permissions may be needed in addition to a faculty for works to church buildings.

Logbook, Terrier & Inventory

A Log Book, Terrier and Inventory are required for all churches and hold a variety of important documentation and information.

Church Contents

The Contents of a church are generally owned by the Representative Body and permission is needed for their sale, disposal or relocation.

Sales & Lettings

All arrangements for the sale of redundant churches and/or their lease is done through the Representative Body.

Closure & Redundancy

Closing a church can be a difficult decision for a parish. Information about the consultations required and process can be found here.

Insurance

All churches are insured through the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group Parishguard policy.

Use by Third Parties

Please consult the Property Department if you are thinking of letting or leasing your church or a part of it.

Useful Websites

There is a wealth of help and advice available for people who work with historic buildings and churches. Find out more here.