Once you have agreed the design of the memorial, and the wording to be inscribed, you will need to send a completed memorial permit application form(pdf, 62KB) to us. There is an application fee to pay and your mason will advise you of this along with your estimate.

Marking a grave

You can purchase a temporary wooden cross(pdf, 63KB) from the Cemeteries Office to mark a grave until you decide on a permanent memorial.

Who can authorise work to a memorial?

If you are the registered grave owner, you must sign a memorial permit application form to authorise work on a memorial. If the owner is deceased, and work such as renovation and/or an additional inscription to a grave is to be carried out, then the next of kin can authorise this without a transfer.

If there is no memorial on the grave, or the existing memorial is to be altered in some way, then a new owner must be registered.

More about transferring grave ownership

Access to graves

Sometimes a grave may need to be re-opened and, to be able to excavate the grave, nearby memorials may need to be moved. There are several reasons for moving nearby memorials; they are:

  • To gain access.
  • To protect the memorial from damage.
  • To protect cemetery operatives from potential health and safety risk.
  • To avoid delays to funerals, prior notice may not be given.

More about memorial regulations

Updated: 1 October 2014