Maintaining your Building

In order to maintain buildings as efficiently as possible it is useful to have early warning of potential problems. The Quinquennial Inspection Report helps congregations to do just that.

PCCs are responsible for appointing an Approved Architect or Surveyor to undertake the inspection and the Churchwardens must organise it. The current list of Architects and Surveyors approved to undertake Quinquennial Inspections can be obtained on request from the Church Buildings Office. Guidance on how to go about appointing a new Architect or Surveyor can be downloaded here.

Once the PCC has received the Report, please see our Guidance Note on Quinquennial Inspection Report – what next?

This template for a Maintenance Plan was designed for churches that had received grant aid from English Heritage, but is a useful resource for all churches.

For further information on maintaining your building please see The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings‘ website.

Churches planning on undertaking any repairs to their building should make themselves familiar with the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015. A helpful guidance note has been prepared by the National Churches Trust and the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, and can be downloaded here.


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