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Burial ground charges

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the advance sale of lairs (where not associated with an interment) at Aberdeenshire cemeteries has been temporarily suspended. This suspension includes associated administrative processes such as lair transfers and the selling of unwanted lairs to the council. The processing and approval process for headstones has been temporarily suspended.

Our burial ground fees don't include undertaker related services or crematorium fees. The fees are higher for non residents as they don't pay Council Tax to Aberdeenshire Council.

These fees only cover the purchase of the lair (grave), the preparation of the lair for the burial, the backfilling of the lair and laying out of flowers once the burial is over.

You can purchase a lair and book and interment without using an undertaker. If you are using one, they can purchase the lair and the interment on your behalf and they will include these fees in their invoice.

View burial ground fees:

Purchase of right of burial

This entitles the lair holder the right of burial in the lair for themselves and their heirs. The lair holder can also transfer the right of burial. The lair will still belong to the council but the lair holder has the right to be buried in it.

Where a lair is being purchased for the interment of a person under the age of 18, no purchase fee will be applied.

Description of charge Resident
Non resident
Full Interment Lair
Fee for right of burial in full size coffin lair 
£1008 £1762
Casket Lair
Fee for right of burial in a lair for ashes caskets only
£619 £1085
Transfer of Lair Rights
Fee to transfer right of burial
£99 £854
Search of Records (per hour or part thereof)
Fee where lair or previous interment details are not known
£27 £27
Duplicate Lair Certificate (plus cost of any necessary search) £99 £99

Full interment

These are the fees to open the lair for the burial of a coffin or casket of ashes, backfill the lair and relay flowers.

Description of charge Resident Non resident
Coffin interment for persons of 18 years and over
Monday to Friday fee to bury the deceased
£881 £1760
Coffin interment for persons under 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Coffin interment for persons of 18 years and over
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
£1321 £2641
Coffin interment for persons under 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons over 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury ashes
£259 £515
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons under 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury ashes
No charge No charge
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons over 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
£389 £774
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons under 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Interment of additional caskets in the same lair in one interment
Cost per additional casket
£33 £33
Scattering of ashes
Fee to lift granite chips or turf on lair, scatter ashes and relay them
£56 £97
Testing a Lair/Trial Dig
Fee to establish remaining depth in pre purchased lair
£194 £338
Assistance of Gravedigger to carry coffin from hearse to graveside
Requested at time of booking
£67 £67
Assistance of Gravedigger to carry coffin from hearse to graveside
Not requested at time of booking
£134 £134

Headstones and memorial plaques

Fees associated with erecting of headstones and memorial plaques.

Where the application is being made following the interment of a person under the age of 18, no fee will be applied.

Description of charge Resident Non resident
Preparatory work for erection of headstone
Fee to install foundation for headstone
£183 £318
Preparatory work for commemorative plaque
Fee to prepare memorial wall for plaque
£47 £85
Granting permission where no foundation necessary
Fee to process application for memorial which does not require preparatory work
£40 £71

Burials scheduled for after latest arrival time

All burials scheduled for after latest arrival time are charged at cost. There is also a surcharge for:

  • Interment in private burial ground or location not managed by the council
  • Exhumation of remains

Burials on Sundays and public holidays

Please note that interments aren't permitted on Saturdays after 11.30am, Sundays, 25th December and 1st January unless there are exceptional circumstances. All applications for such should be made to the Director of Infrastructure Services or the nominated representative.

If approved there is a 100% surcharge for interments on Sundays and on the following public holidays:

  • Friday 10th April 2020
  • Monday 8th May 2020
  • Friday 25th December 2020
  • Monday 28th December 2020
  • Friday 1st January 2021
  • Monday 4th January 2021

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