20 Council Cemeteries
20 COUNCIL CEMETERIES
This section is made pursuant to Section 146 of the Local Government Act 2002.
20.1 Burials and sale of plots in cemeteries
No person may open or permit the opening of any ground for burial, dig a grave, or conduct a burial in a cemetery without first obtaining a burial warrant.
20.1.1 No person other than the Sexton or assistant of the Sexton or any other person duly authorised by the Sexton may dig or fill in a grave or ashes plot.
20.1.2 No person may scatter ashes of any cremated person in any cemetery.
20.1.3 No person may bury any urn containing the ashes of any cremated person in any cemetery without first obtaining a burial warrant.
20.2 Erection and maintenance of monuments, headstones and structures
No headstone, monument, full grave cover or surround may be erected in any cemetery unless a permit from Council has been issued.
20.2.1 Adornments of any type are not permitted upon any plots in any council cemetery with the exception of vases or containers for flowers or plant containers housed in inserts within the plinth.
20.2.2 No person may damage, alter, remove or repair any headstone, monument or plaque from any grave in a cemetery without a permit to erect a headstone.
No person shall conduct themselves in a manner that disturbs other cemetery users.
20.3.1 Any person installing a memorial plaque or headstone must stop work and withdraw for the duration of any funeral service.
20.3.2 Any person driving or in charge of any vehicle in any cemetery must stop or move the vehicle as directed by the funeral director or authorised officer.
20.3.3 No vehicle may be driven at a greater speed than indicated on any road within the cemetery, and in any other direction other than indicated by traffic signs.
20.3.4 All vehicles (other than hearses) must yield unconditional right of way to any funeral procession.
20.3.5 No person shall, in any cemetery, advertise or solicit any order from any other person for any work whatsoever to be done in or in connection with any cemetery, or for the sale, preparation or supply of any article, material or item to be set up, affixed or used in any cemetery.
20.3.6 Except at the specific request of the purchaser of a plot or their representative no person shall, in any cemetery accept or take any such order of custom or service.
20.3.7 No person may take any photographs or moving images at a funeral without the consent of the funeral director or the immediate family of the deceased, or a special permit for the occasion from Council in writing.