A Quinquennial Inspection [QQI] is a five-yearly report on the state of the church building by an approved architect or surveyor. It is one of the most important tools for the local church in maintaining the building's fabric.
The report usually includes a list of recommended works in order of urgency, each of which requires a detailed specification and schedule of works before they can be undertaken.
Each specification is then submitted to the DAC for advice before a petition for a Faculty can be made to the Chancellor.
A Quinquennial Inspection of your buildings should be carried out every five years by your Quinquennial Architect. Following the inspection, the DAC will send a copy of the report to the PCC, which should discuss its content and recommendations and agree a programme of work to eradicate any problems highlighted.
The Buildings Advisor, Tom Beesley, will contact parishes following receipt of the report and make arrangements for a site visit to discuss the contents of the report and the architects' recommendations. Following that visit, the Building Advisor will send copies of his notes to the Parish, the Archdeacon and the DAC.
A self-assessment of progress should be made every year throughout the Quinquennial period to highlight any outstanding items.
Parishes should work closely with their architect, the DAC and the Buildings Adviser to ensure that any recommended repairs have a planned programme in place to carry out the work.
Download our step-by-step guide to the Quinquennial Inspection Process.
All quinquennial repair work will require a faculty. Please see the link to the DAC pages for faculty advice and downloads.