The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) is a statutory body set up under The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure of 1991.
Its membership consists of representatives of the clergy and national heritage organisation together with some architects and others with specialist knowledge relating to the care, history and artistic content of church buildings. The DAC draws on the expertise of a range of specialist consultants who all serve in a voluntary capacity.
The DAC has the formal responsibility of advising the Chancellor of the Diocese on the Care of Churches and their furnishings, as well as churchyards.
The work of the DAC is vital if the Church is to retain freedom to handle its own planning consents and so protect the role of churches as places used for worship.