Burial Information and Fees 2021 – 22

The Rules, Regulations and Fees of The Burial Board for Goudhurst in Kent

These Regulations apply from 01 September 2021 to 31 August 2022 and were Confirmed by Goudhurst Parish Council on 09 August 2021. All enquiries and correspondence to the Clerk please.


1.      At least two working days notice of any interment is to be given to the Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council.        

2.      Before notice is accepted, a fully completed Notice of Interment form and all Fees and Charges, payable to Goudhurst Parish Council, must be received and accepted by the Clerk.  Only the holder of a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial (the ownership of the grave or ashes plot) may issue burial instructions by signing the Notice of Interment.

3.      Ownership. A Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial must be purchased before a burial in an earthen grave or an interment of ashes will be permitted. 

4.      The Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation, Certificate of Cremation or the Coroner’s Order for Burial must be delivered to the Clerk prior to interment. 

5.      No burial can take place before 10 a.m. nor after sunset, nor on a Sunday, Christmas Day or Good Friday without special permission.

6.      The selection of the place of interment is in all cases subject to the approval of the Clerk, but the wishes of the parties will be met so far as may be deemed practicable.

7.      Burial in an earthen grave:  Earthen graves shall be dug to a maximum of 9 ft by 4 ft and wooden coffins to a maximum size of 6 ft 6 ins x 2 ft 2 ins should be used.  No earthen grave shall be of a depth of less than 5 ft, or in the case of the interment of a child under six years, 4 ft. 

8.      No raised ground will be permitted on any grave, except when settlement is taking place for up to 1 year after an interment.  It is the responsibility of the undertaker and the person ordering the opening of the grave to check the grave subsequently and to render the surface level.  The undertaker and the person ordering the opening of the grave shall arrange for the grave, on being closed, to be turfed or re-turfed as may be necessary, and the Burial Board’s decision as to whether such work shall be necessary, or satisfactorily carried out, shall be final.

9.      Interment of ashes:  Cremated remains for interment must be placed in a wooden or biodegradable container or interred loose at a depth of not less than 2ft.  The scattering of cremated remains over the ground is not permitted.  A maximum of two adjacent interments shall be permitted in each reserved space in the ashes sections. 

Ashes may be interred in an earthen grave if space permits, subject to the permission of the Burial Board.  However, the holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial must indicate on the Notice of  Interment precisely where in the grave the ashes container will be interred.     

10.    Grave Diggers.  Only gravediggers approved by the Goudhurst Burial Board may dig graves or the plots for the interment of cremated remains.  Mechanical digging is not permitted without permission from the Goudhurst Burial Board.

11.    Transfer of Ownership. Holders of a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial may transfer the ownership of any purchased ground to relations by blood or marriage with the consent of the Burial Board.  All such transfers are to be duly registered at the expense of the applicant at such fee as may be determined from time to time.


12.    Only the holder of a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial (the owner of the grave or ashes plot) may issue instructions relating to any memorials at the relevant plot.

Applications including drawings showing dimensions of every headstone or tablet with a statement of the type of stone to be used, proposed position on the grave space, plus a copy of every inscription, shall be submitted to the Clerk for the approval of the Burial Board.  No headstone, tablet or wooden cross shall be introduced or placed in the Burial Grounds without such approval and until the relevant fee has been paid.

13.    On earthen graves either a memorial headstone or a plain wooden cross will be permitted. 

No headstone or plain wooden cross when erected shall exceed 2 ft 6 ins in height, or 2 ft in width. New or replacement memorials at graves in the lawned area may not be installed flat on the ground.   Photo plaques are not permitted.

Memorial tablets in the Ashes Section shall not exceed 18 ins x 9 ins and must be laid in the gravel to leave the tablet proud by 1 inch all round.

A small inscription plaque may, subject to Regulation 12, be attached to a wooden cross.

Kerbstones are not permitted on graves in the lawned Burial Grounds.   

Only Monumental Masons working to NAMM (National Association of Memorial Masons) specifications are authorised to introduce memorials at Goudhurst.  This is to ensure that quality and safety standards are met.

14.    Ongoing Responsibility.  Owners of memorials and graves shall keep them in good and safe condition.  In the event that the Burial Board considers that any memorial has become unsafe, it reserves the right to lay down or remove a memorial after making all reasonable efforts to contact the owner.  The Burial Board may take any action it sees fit to repair and tidy any grave that has fallen into disrepair, with the cost being charged to the registered owner of the grave.

15.    Items on Graves.  Floral tributes may be placed on the lawned graves and in the ashes Interment areas but, in the interests of the safety of the general public, no glass containers or covers shall be allowed. 

No form of enclosure, e.g. kerbing, wire netting, or fencing shall be permitted. 

All items placed on the graves or ashes section shall be subject in all cases to the approval of the Burial Board which shall reserve the right to remove any it considers unsuitable or to have become unsightly, including trees or shrubs or other plants.

16.    Insurance. The Burial Board strongly recommends that grave owners take out insurance to cover damage to their memorials.

17.    These Regulations may be varied or waived at the sole discretion of the Burial Board.


These charges apply from 01 September 2021 and are valid to 31 August 2022.

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