A full copy of the Cemeteries rules and regulations can be obtained by contacting us.
When you purchase a grave you are issued with a deed granting the grave owner exclusive right of burial for 100 years (subject to the conditions then in force). This deed must be produced whenever the grave is to be opened for an interment. The loss of the deed could cause delay and inconvenience, and could result in the council refusing to re-open the said grave. Please ensure it is kept in a secure place.
When the grave has to be re-opened for an interment, the deed must be handed to your Funeral Director, who will then make all the necessary arrangements with us. The deed will be returned to the grave owner by the Cemeteries Office following the funeral.
In the event of the interment being that of the grave owner the grave deed will be returned to the person who authorised the interment. An application must then be made within six months of the interment to transfer the grave ownership to the next of kin.
The Exclusive Right of Burial can be purchased for a grave space for up to three interments. Please ensure the amount of intended interments is specified at the time of interment (one, two or three) The expected grave capacity will be stated on the reverse of the Burial Grant, along with the depths, dates and names of the past interments. No guarantee can be given that the specified amount can be attained due to the varying ground conditions within the cemeteries.
The grave capacity will not be affected by the interment of cremated remains. If a grave is purchased solely for the interment of cremated remains, this also must be stated at the time of purchase, as any future full interments would result in the disturbance of past cremated remains.
The person whose name appears on the deed as purchaser is the only person who can authorise the erection of a memorial, additional inscriptions and all future interments. When the owner of an exclusive right of burial is interred, the grave will be deemed closed unless the deed has been legally transferred, and registered with the Cemeteries Office. Advice on the procedure of transfer, and the necessary forms can be obtained from the Cemeteries Office. When purchasing the exclusive right of burial, the popular belief is that the land has been bought. This is incorrect, and only the right of burial has been acquired. The ownership of the land and the responsibility for its management remains with us.