Information about private and public burials.

Private burials

Burials usually take place in cemeteries and churchyards but there is nothing in UK law which prevents the burials in other ground.

Advice for burials on private land can you found on the Natural Death Centre website.


Public health burials

It is our duty to arrange for the funeral of any person who has died, or been found dead in their area, in any case where it appears that suitable arrangements are not being made by any other person. It is normally expected that where there is a surviving family member that person would take responsibility for the arrangements.


Contact our Environmental Protection team


Public health funeral register




There are specific circumstances where exhumation of a deceased person may be required. Our Environmental Protection team will attend exhumations where formally requested to do so.

Contact us for more information