These information sheets provide advice and weblinks on property and legal matters relevant to churches in the S.W. Synod.

Building work

Information sheets

  1. Introduction and Index
  2. Responsibilities of Elders and trustees
  3. Property Management & Repairs
  4. Selling and Purchasing Manses
  5. Managing Manses
  6. Letting Manses
  7. Hiring Church Rooms and Halls
    1. Handbook for Hiring Church Premises
    2. Hiring Checklist
    3. Church Meeting Resolution
    4. Church Hire Forms
    5. Annual Return of Hirings
  8. Energy Performance Certificates
  9. Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
  10. Photographic Recording
  11. Health and Safety
    1. Health and Safety User Signing Sheet
    2. Accident Reporting Form
    3. Sample Health and Safety Policy
    4. Blank Specimen Risk Assessment for Church Buildings
      1.  Completed Specimen Risk Assessment for Church Buildings
    5. Blank Specimen Fire Risk Assessment Form
      1. Completed Specimen Fire Risk Assessment Form
    6. Health and Safety Calendar
    7. PAT Testing
  12. Grants and Loans and Church Development
  13. Church Closure and Sale of Redundant Church Buildings
    1. Disposal of Church furnishings and contents checklist
  14. Employing Church Workers and Managing Volunteers
    1. Appendix A1 Volunteer Agreement
    2. Appendix A2 Volunteer Agreement Appendix
    3. Appendix B Statement of Employment
    4. Appendix C1 Employment Contract
    5. Appendix C2 Contract Appendix Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
    6. Appendix D Checklist for Churches which Employ Staff
    7. Appendix E Licence to Occupy
    8. Appendix F Volunteers and the Law
  15. LEP Annual Returns
  16. Data Protection
    1. Data Audit Form
  17. Property Roadshow PowerPoint Slides

Other useful links

HSE Client check list

A short guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Essential Trustee – Charity Commission booklet CC3

Charity Commission

Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Small and medium places of worship

‘Fire Risk Assessments Guide’

Fire Safety for Traditional Church Buildings

Congregational Insurance