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Lair certificate

A lair certificate cannot be issued to anyone other than the lair owner.

The lair owner can contact us to request a new certificate. There is a fee for this.

Lair owners should contact us to advise of any change of details (name or address) so that we can arrange an amendment and reissue of the certificate.

Transfer lair ownership

If the lair owner is deceased, we need to establish who the rightful owner is. Transferring ownership is a legal process. We must document the circumstances of transfer, which are signed and witnessed by either:

  • a councillor
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Notary Public.

To transfer the certificate, we require:

  • the section and lair number
  • who is buried in the lair and, if possible, the date of burial

Contact us to request a transfer of a lair certificate. There is a fee for this service.

Relinquish unused grave

If you wish to sell a lair which has not been used for burial, back to the council, you will need the lair's original certificate. We will refund the amount paid at the time of purchase. Contact us to sell a lair.

Please note: it is an offence to sell a lair to anyone other than the council. 

Contact Bereavement Services

General enquiry


01294 310000