Cemetery memorials are a lasting symbol of remembrance and Bereavement Services Officers can offer advice to ensure that all memorials are placed on graves safely and comply with regulations. Memorials can only be placed on purchased graves; if your grave is un-purchased, the Exclusive Rights of Burial would need to be purchased before a memorial can be erected.

To place a memorial on a grave the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial must obtain a permit issued by the Registrar for Bereavement Services. A permit fee will apply and the form can be obtained via your stonemason or Bereavement Services, Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, Southampton, SO16 3BQ.

Ordering and installing the memorial

  • Memorials can only be provided by approve stonemasons. They will deal with the permit and installation of the memorial on your behalf
  • No memorial shall be removed from the Cemeteries without the permission of the grave owner and without the consent of the Council

Maintaining the memorial

  • All memorials are the sole responsibility of the grave owner who must ensure the memorial is maintained
  • The Council will periodically inspect the condition of memorials and any memorial classified as unsafe will be reported to the grave owner for them to arrange immediate repair
  • Please keep your contact details up to date and Bereavement Services
  • If repair requests are not complied with within three months the Council may remove the memorial
  • The Council has the power to remove any memorial, which they deem objectionable or of unauthorised type or size or which may have fallen into decay or is classified unsafe


The Council strongly recommends all grave owners obtain appropriate memorial insurance and regularly maintain or check them for safety. The Council will not be responsible for any damage, theft or vandalism or any other circumstances beyond the control of the Council.