Transferring grave ownership

To be a registered owner of a grave you will need a 'Deed of Exclusive Right of Burial' this is essentially a lease on the grave and allows you or anyone you allow to be buried in that grave. No burials or internment of cremated remains can happen without the consent of the registered owner.

You will need to register your ownership with the authority or organisation that owns the cemetery. For cemeteries that are council managed within the St Edmundsbury Borough you will need to contact us, for Forest Heath District cemeteries, you will need to contact the relevant town or parish council.

If the person who owns the grave dies it is important for the grave ownership to be transferred. Transferring the rights will ensure security for any next of kin. Also, if you want to set up new memorials or alter an existing one you must have permission from the registered owner.

Contact us to transfer grave ownership.