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The Church of England's Quinquennial Inspection system provides for the inspection of church buildings every five years by an architect or chartered building surveyor approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC).
The quinquennial report is one of the key documents which assists the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the care and repair of a church building, for which it is legally responsible.
It gives a snapshot of the repair needs of the building and lists the repairs required according to their priority. It is also read by the DAC, the Archdeacon and by any grant-giving bodies which the PCC approaches.
The legal framework for quinquennial inspection system is to be found in the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955. This provides for each diocesan synod to establish a scheme for the inspection and a report on the parish churches in the diocese (and other buildings that have been consecrated or are licensed for public worship) by architects or chartered building surveyors approved by the DAC.
James Hopkins of the Talus Partnership is a registered Quinquennial Inspector for the Diocese of London, Southwark and Guildford.