Architects and Quinquennials


PCCs are expected to consult with their inspecting architect or surveyor on all works that affect the fabric of their church so a good working relationship with him or her is vital. PCCs engage the person, not the architectural firm, so should your architect or surveyor retire, you will need to find another architect or surveyor for your church who may be from a different firm. The DAC encourages all PCCs who are looking for a new architect or surveyor to go through a competitive tendering process.

  • Please click here for details on how to appoint an Architect
  • Please click here for guidance on working with your Architect
  • Please click here to download the Diocesan Scheme

Please note, the Leeds Diocese no longer keeps an approved list of architects and surveyors. A copy of a register of all the Inspecting Architects and Surveyors who are engaged by churches in the Leeds Diocese can be obtained by contacting the DAC office.

Quinquennial inspections

In this Diocese, the PCC is responsible for arranging the inspection and paying the architect’s fee.  You don’t need to wait for a reminder from the DAC, although we will contact you if we have not heard by the end of the year in which the inspection is due that it has at least been arranged. The architect should send copies of the report within three months to the Incumbent, PCC Secretary or Churchwarden, Archdeacon and DAC Secretary.  The DAC staff and Archdeacon will consider whether any of the recommendations in the report require early discussion with the PCC.

All Quinquennial Inspection reports should be prepared in accordance with the Church Building Council Guidelines. Please click here to download that document.

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