Process for a lift and reposition procedure
A lift and reposition procedure allows a place of interment to be reused where there is insufficient space to accommodate further interments. The procedure involves:
- opening a place of interment
- lifting existing bodily remains which are interred in the place of interment
- deepening or enlarging the place of interment if necessary
- repositioning the existing bodily remains to provide space for further interments in that place of interment.
Step 1: Lift and reposition application
The holder of the right of interment or monumental agent/representative makes an application to the cemetery trust for approval to carry out a lift and reposition procedure. Note that an application must be in writing and accompanied by the relevant cemetery trust fee.
Step 2: Consideration of application for lift and reposition
The cemetery trust considers the application. A trust should not approve an application if it considers it would be inappropriate for any of the following reasons:
- the nature of the soil would prevent or hinder the process
- it would be impractical because the place of interment can't be sufficiently deepened
- the physical state of the human remains
- in the case of a mausoleum, the chamber is not able to accommodate additional human remains
- religious, cultural, health or safety considerations.
Note that a trust must not approve an application if it relates to bodily remains that have been interred for less than 10 years.
Step 3: Approval of application for lift and reposition
The cemetery trust grants approval to carry out a lift and reposition procedure.
Note that this procedure can only be approved by delegated trust members. Approvals must be in writing.
Step 4: Lift and reposition of remains
Lift and reposition takes place.
Note that an exhumation licence is not required to carry out this procedure. Details about what may be done as a part of the procedure are provided in s. 90 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003.