Parish Resources

A key part of running a well ordered parish is to ensure that its property is well cared for. Parishes have a responsibility to maintain and repair the buildings in their care, including not only the church or churches, but also halls, presbyteries, and any residential or investment property managed by the parish. Under English law, the buildings are the property of the Diocesan Trust. This page contains a list of resources and advice that will help parishes carry out their responsibilities. The Curia and their professional advisors are available to support parishes with this role.

Maintenance Checklist

The diocese recommends that parishes make use of the ‘Maintenance Checklist’ when carrying out work on the properties in its care. The checklist has been developed by many specialists and experts, is specifically designed with parishes in mind, and is recommended by a wide variety of organisations, including the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.

We recommend that each parish use the Maintenance Checklist as a guide to the works they carry out annually. The checklist can also be used as a record of any works undertaken in the event of an insurance claim. If you have any questions on using the Maintenance Checklist please email

Download Maintenance Checklist

Further Resources

There are many very useful resources that have already been developed to give information and advice to those who care for places of worship across the UK. These cover everything from maintenance guidelines, to how we can all work towards reducing the environmental impact of our buildings. The advice covers –

  • Heating
  • Insulation
  • Maintenance
  • Conservation
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Bats in Churches
  • Health and Safety
  • Lighting
  • Security

Churchcare: Advice and Guidance –

Historic England Advice for Places of Worship –

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Advice –

If you have any specific questions regarding the care and maintenance of your parish buildings, or require further advice, please email