Property Committee

The Diocesan Property Committee is a vehicle of the governance of the diocese, as laid out in the Constitution, in helping to look after and manage the properties of the diocese. The DPC manages the Canon 35 application processes to enable the development and care of our Church sites for effective contemporary witness and mission. The Committee is able to give help and guidance on matters relating to property and fabric to Charge Vestries.

Members of the Property Committee:

The Very Rev Reuben Preston (Chair and Dean of the Diocese)
The Rev Canon Gordon Fyfe
The Rev Andrea Hagenbuch
Robert Burgon (Diocesan Treasurer)
Rebecca Cadie (Diocesan Architect)
Elliott Glenesk (Diocesan Surveyor)
Dr Deborah Lewer (Diocesan Adviser on Artistic Matters)
Stephen McVey
Robin Webster

Contact for Property Administrator and Dean’s PA, Marion Noble—

2022 Dates of future DPC meetings:
10 January 2022, 14 February 2022, 14 March 2022, 4 April 2022, 9 May 2022, 13 June 2022, 11 July 2022, 8 August 2022, 12 September 2022, 10 October 2022, 14 November 2022, 5 December 2022

Download the Notice of Experimental Re-ordering.
Download the Pre-Application Notice for Canon 35 Approval.
Download the Application for Canon 35 Approval.

Provincial Building Grant Applications
You need to submit a Grant Application to the DPC for Diocesan support and it will then be passed to the next Provincial Building Grant meeting when it has Diocesan support. These are the dates of the Buildings Grants meeting planned for 2022.

Wednesday 26 January submissions by Wednesday 5 January
Wednesday 25 May submissions by Wednesday 4 May
Wednesday 28 September submissions by Wednesday 7 September

For further details and the application forms needed please see

Health and Safety Issues

All charges should have their own Health and Safety Officer and relevant local policy. You may find assistance in developing such a policy from your Church Insurance Company some of whom have model policies for adaptation to different local circumstances. Vestry members (Charity Trustees) can visit the SEC website; Section 2(4) ‘Responsibilities of the Vestry’.

Property resources from the Scottish Episcopal Church

Responsibilities of Property Convener
Guidance setting out the general expectations of the responsibilities of the Property Convener.

Quinquennial Surveys
Guidance regarding the preparation of quinquennial property surveys.

Church Property Inventory (March 2018)
The form for use, under Canon 35, to record property belonging to a congregation.

Energy Performance Certificates for Existing Buildings
Guidance regarding the requirements for energy performance certificates for existing buildings.

Canon 35—minor works
Details of the minor works excluded from the ambit of Canon 35.

Canon 35—appeals
Details of the procedures to be followed in the event of an appeal under Canon 35.

Equality Act 2010
Guidance on issues of access to church buildings.

Access Audit Checklist
A checklist for carrying out a disability discrimination access audit.

Maintaining Graveyards 
Guidance for congregations on good practice and the key issues that need to be considered when undertaking conservation and maintenance of graveyards.

Sources of Funding for Repairs and Improvements to Church Buildings
A list of potential sources of funding.

Provincial building grants and loans
Details of Provincial building grants and loans.

Minimum Standards For Clergy Housing
Recommended guidelines adopted by the Provincial Administration Board for minimum standards for clergy housing.

Useful Links

Useful guidance on the maintenance of church buildings can also be found at: