The York Diocesan Advisory Committee on Faculties was established in 1920 by the Archbishop. Its purpose was to consider and advise the Diocesan Chancellor on applications, plans and designs for structural additions or alterations to church buildings, ornaments and fittings. The name for the committee was changed to the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches in 1947 (DAC). The Faculty Jurisdiction Measures of 1938 and 1964 and the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, extended the remit of the DAC.
The DAC's present day responsibilities ensure that churches, churchyards and furnishings attached to them are properly cared for both for everyday use and for historical interest, as well as advising all parties on care, maintenance and alteration. The DAC also administers the diocese's responsibilities under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955 (taking over this responsibility from the Diocesan Inspection of Churches Committee which closed in 1972). As a result of these inspections, a quinquennial report is sent to the DAC.
The national parent body of the DAC is the Council for the Care of Churches, a permanent commission of the General Synod.