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Burials on Private Land

Council maintains a register of known private burial grounds.

By law (Public Health Act 2010, Public Health Regulations 2012) in order to establish a grave on a private property, consent must be applied for from Council.

The application will be assessed in line with the requirements of the NSW Health "Burials on Private Land - Approval by Local Authority" guidelines must be addressed. 

  • The land holding must be in excess of 5 hectares.
  • The specified area must not be located where it could contaminate domestic water supply or drinking water supply.
  • The area is to be fenced or otherwise separated from general property and restrictions put in place so that livestock etc. cannot cause damage to the site.
  • Council staff may carry out an inspection of the proposed site.
  • A Right-of-Way or other legal access for if/when the property is sold.
  • Once a burial takes place Council must be informed of the Name, Age, Date of Death etc. of the person to be buried so that the local register of burials may be maintained.
  • A copy of the death certificate must to be provided.
  • A map showing the exact location of the burial site.
  • Download the application form for Burial on a Private Property and lodge your application (form and documents as listed above) at Council's office. Please see the form for current application fee.

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