Burials on private property
In England there is no law prohibiting burial on private land. Cemeteries require planning permission but a place of burial without fences or gravestones is not a cemetery in planning law.
Before burying a deceased person on private land you should consider the following;
- Check there is no covenant on the land that could prohibit a burial
- Ensure there are no local byelaws preventing the burial
- A record must be placed on the deeds of the land to record details of the burial
- Requests to move or exhume the body at a later date are made to the Home Office and may or may not be granted
- The site should be more than 30m from any spring or any other body of water. It should also be 10m from any dry ditch or field drain.
- The site should be at least 50m from any well, borehole or spring. You can contact the Environment agency to find out if there is one near your chosen site.
- Stay clear of water, gas and electrical services.
- There should be at least 1m of soil above the lid of the coffin.
The The Natural Death Centre provides independent funeral advice.