Diocesan Office Resources: Buildings

BUILDINGS

The Diocesan Buildings Committee normally meets monthly, to consider matters associated with churches, ancilliary buildings and rectories around the diocese.  Its membership includes diocesan clergy, buildings experts and members of architectural practices.

Canon 35

Apply for permission to make changes to church buildings.  Look at the guidance document to see what is covered by this Canon, to help you assess whether your project or scheme requires the consent of the Diocesan Buildings Committee and The Bishop.  The flowchart will help you to understand the process, but do contact the Diocesan Office if you are unsure about any part of this.

Application form (PDF version) – click here

Application form (Word version) – click here

Canon 35 Guidance – click here

Canon 35 Process Flowchart – click here

Canon 35 Minor Works List – click here

Fire Regulations

Advice papers on precautions to be taken by vestries, in clergy housing.

SEC Advice from the General Synod Office – click here

Church of England Advice Paper – click here

Quinquennial Reports

A full condition report on the fabric of churches, halls and rectories is required every five years, under Canon 60.  The Diocesan Office keeps a list of when each report is due, but it is the responsibility of each vestry to commission the reports.

Pro-forma Churches Report Summary for architects (PDF version) – click here

Pro-forma Churches Report Summary for architects (Word version) – click here

Pro-forma Residential properties Report Summary for architects (PDF version) – click here

Pro-forma Residential properties Report Summary for architects (Word version) – click here

St Andrews Fund

When the church building at St Andrew’s Prestonpans was sold in 2015, the sale proceeds were used to setup this Fund.  It seeks to help churches with limited resources, to pay for urgent/emergency building works.  At present, individual grants are limited to £1,000.

Grant Application Form (PDF version) – click here

Grant Application Form (Word version) – click here

Useful Links

Scottish Episcopal Church website – buildings information – click here 

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