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The work of a Diocesan Surveyor is prescribed in the Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972 (1972 No 2), receiving Royal Assent on the 10th February 1972.

The Measure states:

A Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England to provide for the repair of parsonage houses by Parsonages Boards and for the repair of other buildings belonging to a benefice; to make other provision for repairs and other works and matters relating to church buildings and land; and for purposes connected therewith

Each Diocese within the Church of England is authorised to constitute a Parsonage Board and to appoint a Diocesan Surveyor in accordance with Section

(2) Every such scheme shall provide for the appointment of fit persons to be surveyors for the purposes of this Measure (hereinafter referred to as “diocesan surveyors”) and for determining their remuneration and terms of service Provided that no person appointed as a surveyor after the coming into force of section 6 of the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2005 shall be considered to be a fit person for the purposes of this subsection unless that person is registered under the Architects Act 1997 or is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Building or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or a member of such other body as the Commissioners may determine and appearing to them to be suitably qualified.

The Parsonage Board (PB) and the Diocesan Surveyor have a legal duty under the Measure to:

(1) On every such inspection as aforesaid of the buildings of a benefice, the diocesan surveyor shall make a report to the Board— (a) stating what repairs are required, specifying them in detail and estimating their cost, and stating whether they should be executed immediately or otherwise; (b) specifying any repairs to a parsonage house which are in his opinion necessary by reason of damage caused or aggravated by any deliberate act of the incumbent or a previous incumbent or any default in his duties under section 13 of this Measure, and estimating the cost of executing those repairs or, in case of aggravation, the additional cost attributable to the act or default; (c) stating whether any improvements to a parsonage house appear to him expedient and, if an estimate appears to him practicable and useful, estimating their cost; (d) stating whether in his opinion a parsonage house should be replaced; (e) stating whether any outbuilding of a parsonage house appears to him to be superfluous and, if an estimate appears to him to be practicable and useful, estimating the cost of demolition; (f) commenting on the state of the interior decoration of any parsonage house and the state of fixtures and things in any building of the benefice which belong to the benefice; (g) advising on the respective amounts for which the buildings of the benefice should be insured under this Measure, and specifying any special risks to which they are liable. (2) Where a diocesan surveyor reports that any outbuilding of a parsonage house . . . appears to him to be superfluous, it shall not be necessary for him to specify what repairs to the building are required.

In practice, the Diocesan Surveyor also acts for the Diocesan Board of Finance providing Asset Management Schemes, the design of new parsonages and the alteration and adaption of existing ones, the purchase of new property and the maintenance of property other than Parsonage House and often looks after Glebe Land and buildings.

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