Advice and guidance for church buildings
If you’re interested in the support available to help church in rural areas, we also recommending visiting the Arthur Rank Centre.
Churches have a responsibility to make sure that, as far as is reasonably possible, their buildings and activities are accessible to everyone. We can help you understand the Equality Act and what it means for your church.
You should always look at the impact on archaeology when you want to do repairs or make changes to your building. We can help you choose the right level of archaeological recording for your project, and sort out what permissions you might need.
You will often find Christian and even pre-Christian burials in and around our churches and cathedrals. We can help you understand what to do if you find human remains.
Burials, monuments and exhumations are regulated by law. The design of memorials is controlled to make sure that churches and churchyards remain special places that everyone can appreciate. We can help you understand the rules and practices so that you can guide the bereaved, or those wishing to install a new memorial.
Bats are a vital part of our native wildlife and part of God’s creation. However, in large numbers, and in the wrong places, they can sometimes restrict our mission and worship. We can help you plan your building works, and the daily use of your church building, around bats.
Ruined churches are a treasured feature of our countryside. For some parishes, they can be an expensive headache. But for others, they represent an opportunity. We can help you understand how to deal with ruins in your care.
Plants and animals are essential for sustaining the ecosystems that give us food, fuel, health and wealth. As Christians we are called to care for our God-given creation. Churches and their churchyards are an important part of the diverse natural habitat of England. We can help you care for and promote yours.
Trees are a traditional and valuable feature in your churchyard. They create character and support wildlife. We can help you take good care of them.
There are many options for flying flags and for laying up military standards, guidons and colours. We can help you understand your choices and care for your historic flags and banners.
Church bells are the most historic sound many of us ever hear. We can help you make sure your church bells keep ringing for a long time into the future.