Guidance and Policy

The Property Department of the Church in Wales has produced a number of guidance notes and policy documents to help you with the care, maintenance and management of your church.

Affordable Housing
This document sets out the policy of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales towards the provision of affordable housing on its land. Click on the link below to view.
Affordable Housing: Policy Document

Church Building Projects and Safety
This document gives an overview of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 which govern health & safety regulations for building projects (including churches). Click on the link below to view.
Church Projects and Safety

Church Contents
This document seeks to define the policy of the Representative Body with regard to the contents of churches and offer guidance to parishes on their care, management and disposal. Click on the link below to view.
Church Contents: Policy and Guidance Note

Churchyards
This document sets out the policy of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales in respect of churchyards together with guidance and help to Parochial Church Councils on the management of them. Click on the link below to view.
Churchyards: Policy and Guidance Note

Churchyard Safety Signage
This brief document contains a suggested format for a churchyard safety sign to warn people of potential dangers in the churchyard. Click on the link below to view.
Churchyard Safety Signage

Employing Professionals
The methods of construction and the building materials used in historic buildings are often very different from those used in modern buildings. It is therefore important to ensure that any works to them are carried out in a sympathetic manner that respects their age. Choosing the right professional for the job is part of this process. Click on the link below to view guidance on this subject.
Employing Professionals: Guidance Note.

Faculties
This guidance note seeks to set out, in a straightforward way, an explanation of the Faculty system and how it operates to help those involved, especially parishes, understand the system better. Click on the link below to view.
Faculty: Guidance Note

Filming in Churches & Churchyards
This note sets out the general issues and policy surrounding filming in churches and churchyards. .
Filming in Churches and Churchyards: Policy and Guidance Note

Friends Groups for Churches
The purpose of this document is to provide parishes with information on Friends Groups. It discusses what a Friends Group is, how to assess whether one would be suitable for your church, how to start one up and its legal position. Click on the link below to view.
Friends Groups: Guidance Note

Heating in Churches
The purpose of this document is to provide parishes with information on installing a new heating system in a church. It discusses how to assess the heating requirements for your church, possible improvements, what systems are available and where to go for help and advice. Click on the link below to view.
Heating in Churches: Guidance Note

HLF Grants for Places of Worship – Appointing Professionals
The  guidance note explains the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) rules for appointing professionals to work on projects funded from the Grants for Places of Worship Wales scheme. Click on the link below to view.
Appointing Professionals: Guidelines Note

Lighting in Churches
The purpose of this document is to provide parishes with information on installing a new lighting scheme in a church. It discusses how to assess the lighting requirements of your church, possible improvements that could be made, an overview of the types of lights available and where to go for help and advice. Click on the link below to view.
Lighting in Churches: Guidance Note

Managing Large Church Building Projects
This guidance note seeks to help PCCs manage and understand significant building projects such as major repairs, improvements or the development of the church for wider use. Click on the link below to view.
Managing Large Church Building Projects: Guidance Note

Managing Small Church Building Projects
This guidance note is a simpler version of the one above. Its aim is to help parishes with the implementation of smaller projects which may not necessarily cost a lot of money or involve a large team of advisors. Click on the link below to view.
Managing Small Church Building Projects: Guidance Note

Minor and Emergency Works
The purpose of this guidance note is to provide parishes with information about works that do not ordinarily require a faculty, such as minor works or maintenance tasks and emergency works. It is important to be able to identify these works. Parishes are therefore advised to always consult their DAC Secretary or Archdeacon before starting any work. Click on the link below to View.
Minor and Emergency Works: Guidance Note

Mobile Phone Masts
This note sets out the general issues and policy surrounding the installation of mobile phone masts on churches and church buildings. Click on the link below to view.
Mobile Phone Masts on churches: Policy and Guidance Note

New Stained Glass in Churches
The purpose of this document is to provide parishes with information on commissioning new stained glass in churches. It discusses design considerations, choosing a stained glass artist, creating a brief, keeping track of progress, applying for a faculty and welcoming your new window. Click on the link below to view.
New Stained Glass in Churches: Guidance Note

Reservation of Grave Spaces
This note sets out the general issues and principles surrounding the reservation of grave spaces. Click on the link below to view.
Reservation of Grave Space: Guidance Note

Statements of Significance & Need
The purpose of this document is to provide parishes with information on Statements of Significance and Justification. It discusses what they are and when they are needed, and provides guidance on how to write them. Click on the link below to view.
Statements of Significance & Justification: Guidance Note

Older Guidance Notes:

Appraising Future Church Building Needs

Guidance Note: Oil Storage Regulations

Grant funding for Community Projects in Church Buildings

Guidance note for Parishes considering wider/community use of Churches and Church Halls

Church Redundancy Process including Disposal of Church Contents