Within the Church of England it is a legal requirement for every church building to be inspected by an architect or chartered building surveyor approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) every five years.
This regular system of review is designed to ensure that church buildings are kept in good repair.
When a church's next quinquennial inspection is due, the DAC Secretary will inform the secretary of the PCC several months in advance of the date, to allow for the inspection to take place at the appropriate time. The fee for the inspection is covered by the Diocesan Board of Finance.
After inspecting the building, the architect will send a copy or copies of the report to the PCC, one to the archdeacon, and one to the secretary of the DAC.
When the report has been received, it is the responsibility of the PCC to consider it carefully and to see that wherever possible the work recommended in the report is carried out.
More information can be found on the Churchcare website.