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Deaths and funerals

Last updated on: 19-Oct-2020

6. Cemetery charges

All fees are payable in advance and are non-vatable unless stated.

These charges apply for burials and other services taking place from 1 April 2017 and for applications for other work received after this date.

Resident fees apply to all persons living in the borough at the time of death. For those living outside the borough at this time, a qualification of at least 15 years residency in Gravesham at some time in the past is required. Where the purchase of an Exclusive Right of Burial coincides with the interment of a resident, the resident fee will apply regardless of where the owner of the right resides.

Non-resident fees of 2.5 times the resident fee apply to all persons living outside of the borough at the time of death. Exceptions will be made in cases of:

A former resident who purchased a grant of exclusive right of burial whilst resident within the borough or A former resident who (within the last 5 years) was placed directly in residential care accommodation outside of Gravesham without having the option of being placed in similar accommodation in Gravesham.

If the interment of a non-resident is in a new grave and the purchaser of the Exclusive Right of Burial resides in the borough then the fee for the Exclusive Right of Burial only will be at resident rate.

Purchases in advance of interment and selection of particular graves are not permitted.

Exclusive Right of Burial – 60 year period

Full Plot Table
Full Plot Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Full Kerb Set 1,185.00 2,963.00
Headstone 1,030.00 2,575.00
Flat Plaque 950.00 2,375.00
Half Plot Table
Half Plot Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Full Kerb Set - -
Headstone 515.00 1,288.00
Flat Plaque 475.00 1,188.00

Interment Fees

Adults

Adults 18 Years and Over
Adults 18 Years and Over Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Re-open for 1 850.00 2,125.00
New & Re-open for 2 1,010.00 2,525.00
New & Re-open for 3 1,185.00 2,963.00
Open for 4 (Advance purchased graves only) 1,340.00 3,350.00
Cremated Remains 350.00 875.00
Common Grave (any depth) 550.00 1,375.00
Additional Fee for Casket
Additional Fee for Casket Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Re-open for 1 195.00 488.00
New & Re-open for 2 395.00 988.00
New & Re-open for 3 600.00 1,500.00
Open for 4 (Advance purchased graves only) 790.00 1,975.00

Children

Children (Stillborn and up to 12 months)
Stillborn and up to 12 months Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Re-open for 1 0.00 530.00
New & Re-open for 2 0.00 630.00
New & Re-open for 3 0.00 730.00
Open for 4 (Advance purchased graves only) 0.00 850.00
Cremated Remains 0.00 210.00
Common Grave (any depth) 0.00 350.00
Children (Over 12 months to 17 years)
Over 12 months to 17 years Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
Re-open for 1 425.00 1,063.00
New & Re-open for 2 505.00 1,263.00
New & Re-open for 3 590.00 1,475.00
Open for 4 (Advance purchased graves only) 670.00 1,675.00
Cremated Remains 165.00 413.00
Common Grave (any depth) 270.00 675.00

Use of Chapel

(max service time 45 minutes)

Use of Chapel
Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
170.00 425.00

Temporary Markers

Temporary markers are allowed on the grave for a maximum of one year after the funeral or until a memorial is placed. A permit is required.

Temporary Markers
Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
25.00 63.00

Miscellaneous

There is no non-resident surcharge for the following fees.

Use of Chapel
Service Cost
(£)
Basic Exhumation (5 feet depth) From 1,000.00
Cremated Remains (Exhumation) From 350.00
Annual planting of graves with bulbs & spring flowers and summer bedding plants
(Please note – existing customers only, no new agreements are being made)
100.00
Search Fees
(Up to a 20 year period per surname)
20.00
Transfers of Exclusive Right of Burial 60.00
Fees for interments in existing vaults or other special requests Price on Application

Memorial Permit Fees

Please note the fees shown below are in respect of the grant of a permit only and the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial for a grave must be prepared to pay his or her memorial mason for actually carrying out the work. For specific requirements in relation to the granting of permits, please contact the Cemeteries Officer on 01474 33 74 91.

Memorial Permit Fees
Type of Monument Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
For erection or placing of headstone & base (inclusive of first inscription) 250.00 625.00
For placing of half kerb (headstone or other fee to be added as appropriate) 75.00 188.00
For placing of full kerb (headstone or other fee to be added as appropriate) 145.00 363.00
For placing of flat plaque* (inclusive of first inscription) 165.00 413.00
Additional inscription or name ** 115.00 413.00
Renovation works to memorials (permit required) 0.00 0.00
Replacement memorial (as originally permitted) 60.00 150.00
Temporary markers (max. of one year only or until a memorial is placed) 25.00 63.00
Common grave (Flat plaque only) 165.00 413.00

* Please note that desk top or sloped plaques are only permitted within full or half kerb sets not on flat plaque or other areas.

** The inscription fee covers one name only. For each name included on the inscription an additional charge will be incurred.

Additional Ornamentation
For placing of additional ornamentation (in addition to the above fees).
NB This charge includes the first inscription where appropriate.
Resident
(£)
Non-Resident
(£)
For small items such as vases, photo plaques, chippings, etc. 115.00 288.00
For larger items such as a plaque, desk top* or similar, ledger slabs, books, etc. 165.00 413.00

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