Buying a cemetery plot

All cemetery plots must be purchased prior to interment and with all memorial applications. You are also able to pre-purchase a cemetery plot within your chosen cemetery.

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Cemetery plot options

For information on each cemetery's interment provision, visit our cemetery locations page.

Not all cemeteries provide our full cemetery plot options. Our cemetery plot options are:

  • lawn graves for burials and cremated remains
  • traditional graves which permit a memorial stone and kerb-set, for burials and cremated remains
  • cremated remains plots for cremated remains only
  • woodland graves for burials and cremated remains
  • woodland cremated remains plots for cremated remains only.

If you wish to use any of our memorial gardens, you will not need to purchase a plot. You will only need to apply to use the garden and pay the chargeable fee.

Buying the plot

Buying a cemetery plot means you purchase the Exclusive Right of Burial for 30 years, allowing the holder(s) of the right of burial to organise an interment (burial or cremated remains) within the plot or install a memorial stone on the plot.

This is also known as purchasing the Exclusive Right of Burial.

When you purchase the Exclusive Right of Burial you do not own the plot, you are purchasing the rights to use your plot. Once we receive your application and purchase fee, you will be issued with an Exclusive Right of Burial Deed of Grant.

Your Deed of Grant is proof of your right of burial and must be kept safe for future needs. Reissuing mislaid or lost Deed of Grants incur an administration fee.

Up to a maximum of three people may be joint holders. All holders listed on the Deed of Grant will need to give consent to all future interments and memorial applications.

You can specifically choose your preferred plot; however, this will incur a selection fee.

The purchase of the Right of Burial does not specify the number of burials that can be accommodated within the plot; this will be dependent upon the depth of the first interment, the size of coffin or casket and the ground conditions at the time of excavation.

The Deed of Grant will remain with the Holder(s) until the death of the last surviving person listed on the Deed. The Exclusive Right of Burial will then need to be transferred to the entitled claimant.

Whilst in your ownership, you may wish to make some changes to your right of burial. Some of these changes will incur an administration fee. Changes include the following situations:

  • requesting a change of details
  • reissuing a lost or mislaid Deed of Grant
  • surrender your cemetery plot
  • transferring the right of burial to another
  • purchasing additional years when your Exclusive Right of Burial is soon to expire (currently 30 years).

If you wish to buy a cemetery plot or wish to find out more about buying a cemetery plot, email the Cemeteries Office at cemeteries@nfdc.gov.uk or call 023 8028 595.

You can download the application form to purchase your cemetery plot below. Icon for pdf Purchase of Cemetery Plot Application Form [791.57KB]

Payment can be made by cheque, by card at our Information Offices or by phone. All applications must be completed in full and returned to:

Cemeteries Office
New Forest District Council
Town Hall
Lymington
Hants
SO41 9ZG

You may also be required to provide proof of residency to incur the resident fees. If required, you can download the Statutory Declaration as Proof of Residency form below.

Icon for pdf Statutory Declaration of Proof of Residency [156.97KB]

Change of details on your Deed of Grant

All change of details stated on your Deed of Grant need to be amended. This is to ensure the cemetery records are accurate and correctly maintained.

For further information, contact the Cemeteries Office at cemeteries@nfdc.gov.uk or call 023 8028 595.

Lost or mislaid Deed of Grant

If the Deed of Grant has been lost or mislaid, you need to complete a Statutory Declaration for a Lost Deed of Grant as proof of ownership. You can download this form below.

Icon for pdf Statutory Declaration for a Lost Deed of Grant [116.04KB]

The Deed of Grant will be reissued and will incur an administration fee.

Your statutory declaration will need to be declared before a solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths.

Surrender your cemetery plot

If you wish to surrender the Exclusive Right of Burial to your unused cemetery plot, we may be able to buy back the plot and issue you with a refund of the original purchase payment, less the years of ownership.

You will need to provide the Cemeteries Office with the following in support of your surrender request.

  • A completed Deed of Surrender of Right of Burial form for each grave you wish to surrender.
  • The original Deed of Grant for each grave you wish to surrender
  • A short letter outlining your surrender instruction.

You can download the Deed of Surrender of Right of Burial form below.

Icon for pdf Deed of Surrender of Right of Burial form [297.07KB]

Your refund quote will be calculated when we receive all the surrender paperwork.

Transferring Right of Burial when holder is deceased

All transfers will incur an administration fee.

An Exclusive Right of Burial forms part of the Estate of the deceased owner, which can only be transferred, for the remaining years on the Deed, to the entitled person(s). A legal transfer is required to enable any future interments and memorial changes.

There are a number of situations which require different ways to transfer your Exclusive Right of Burial. These are listed below.

Grant of Probate

In this case, ownership is transferred to the Executor(s) listed on the Probate.

You will need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify and or elect the proposed new Holder(s). You can download this form below.

Icon for pdf Deed of Assignment form [352.63KB]

Will only

In this case, ownership is transferred to the Executor(s) named in the Will.

You will also need to provide a completed Statutory Declaration for Will No Probate form. You can download this form below. 

Icon for pdf Statutory Declaration for Will No Probate form [172.18KB]

You also need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify and or elect the proposed new Holder(s). You can download this form below. 

Icon for pdf Deed of Assignment form [352.63KB]

You can download guidance notes below to help you through this process.

Icon for pdf Guidance notes [723.94KB]

Grant of letters of administration

In this case, ownership is transferred to the Administrators(s) named on the Probate.

You will need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify and or elect the proposed new Holder(s). You can download this form below. 

Icon for pdf Deed of Assignment form [352.63KB]

Transfer has skipped a generation

In this case, you may not know whether the deceased left a Will or if Letters of Administration were issued. You can visit the GOV.UK website and use Find a Will service to answer this question. The person concerned can then purchase a copy to aid the transfer.

No will or if the will is not valid

The rules of Intestacy apply, as stated in the Administration of Estates Act 1925. In this case, you must submit a Statutory Declaration for No Will No Probate. You can download this form below.

Icon for pdf Statutory Declaration for No Will No Probate [118.82KB]

You also need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify and or elect the proposed new Holder(s). If the lawful next of kin of the deceased cemetery plot need to be clarified or identified, the GOV.UK Who Inherits service will help identify those who are entitled.

Guidance notes are available to help you through this process. You can download these below.

Icon for pdf Guidance notes [121.32KB]

Give up your right

If any claimant wishes to renounce their Right, an Assent of Executor or Administrator form will need to be completed and returned with the Transfer paperwork. You can download this form below.

Icon for pdf Assent of Executor or Administrator form [237.32KB]

The transfer process flowchart will help you through your transfer process. You can download this document below.

Icon for pdf Transfer Process Flowchart [196.96KB]

All transfer requests need to be posted to the Cemeteries Office at:

New Forest District Council
Town Hall
Lymington
Hants
SO41 9ZG

Transferring Right of Burial when holder is living

If you wish to undertake an In-life Transfer and elect a new Holder(s) for the remaining years on the Deed, you will need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify and elect the proposed new Holder(s). You are also able to retain the Right of Burial and elect additional Holders.

In both cases, you will need to complete a Deed of Assignment form to clarify your request. You can download this form below.

Icon for pdf Deed of Assignment form [352.63KB]

All transfers will incur an administration fee.

Purchasing additional years

When your Exclusive Right of Burial is soon to expire, you are able to purchase additional years extending your owners.

For further information, contact the Cemeteries Office at cemeteries@nfdc.gov.uk or call 023 8028 595.

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