Cemeteries and crematorium rules and regulations

The Council welcomes all visitors to the cemeteries and crematorium and they are asked to respect the peace, dignity and reverence of the facilities.

The Cemeteries are managed and operated in accordance with the Local Authorities' Cemeteries Order 1977, as amended by the Local Authorities' (Amendment) Order 1986 and such other regulations as may be made by the Secretary of State for the Home Office.

These Rules and Regulations (referred to in this document as the ‘2021 Rules’) replace the rules of 2014.

Blackburn with Darwen facilities

The 2021 Rules shall apply to all Cemeteries and Crematoria at present operated by or hereafter to be established by the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council or any successor authority (the Council). References to ‘the Cemetery’ or ‘the Cemeteries’ include all of the Council’s Cemeteries.

Current locations are:

  • Pleasington Cemetery
  • Pleasington Cemetery Extension (Schedule1)
  • Pleasington Crematorium
  • Blackburn Cemetery
  • Darwen Cemetery (Old/New)
  • Darwen Eastern Cemetery

Bereavement services office

All enquiries regarding the Cemeteries and Crematorium should be directed in the first instance to:

Bereavement Services Office, Pleasington Crematorium, Tower Road, Blackburn, BB2 6AF ( for satnav systems use BB2 5LE (Tower Road))

Tel: 01254 202021 Email: cemeteries@blackburn.gov.uk

The office is open Monday to Friday (excepting Bank Holidays) from 8.00 to 4.00

Cemeteries

Legislation: Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

Conduct within cemetery grounds

All persons shall conduct themselves in a decent, quiet and orderly manner and are advised of these provisions in the Local Authorities· Cemeteries Order 1977.

  • No person shall:
    • Willfully create any disturbance in a cemetery
    • Commit any nuisance in a cemetery
    • Willfully interfere with any burial taking place in a cemetery
    • Willfully interfere with any grave or vault, any tombstone or other memorial or any flowers or plants on any such grave
    • Play at any game or sport in a cemetery
    See Article 18 of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977
  • Any person who commits any offence within Cemetery grounds or the crematorium will incur liability, upon conviction, to applicable penalties under relevant burial, criminal, civil and bye-laws. See Article 19 of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977
  • No burial shall take place and no monument or memorial shall be placed in the Cemeteries without the prior consent of the Council. See Article 10 of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977
  • The use of a camera, video or filming of any kind cannot be undertaken in the Council's Cemeteries without the prior consent of the Council and, where applicable, the holder of the deed of Exclusive Right of Burial.

The exclusive right of burial

If a grave is purchased at the time of the interment, on payment of the appropriate fee and completion of the relevant form including the signature of the proposed owner, the right is granted for a period of one hundred years and the
Registrar shall provide the purchaser with a grave deed as proof of ownership. See Article 10(2) of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

The Exclusive Right of Burial entitles the deed holder to determine who is buried in the grave and whether a memorial can be erected on the grave (subject to approval and payment of relevant fees). See Article 10(1)(C) of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

Where the deed of exclusive right of burial is not available, the registered grave owner or executor shall indemnify the Council in writing against any future claim which may be brought against the Council for permitting the use of the grave. See Article 10(3) of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

Interment

The Council reserves the right to remove from any grave space flowers, plants, floral tributes or wreaths which have deteriorated or become unsightly and dispose of them in such manner as they deem fit, without notice to the grave owner. The Council is under no obligation to return said items and may dispose of them as determined. See Article 10(2)(a)(iv) of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977.

Local Authorities Cemetery Order 1977

For further information please go to www.legislation.gov.uk

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 2021 Rules

Conduct within cemetery grounds

  • All persons entering the Cemetery or any person authorised by the Council will be subject to the 2021 Rules.
  • Visitors to the cemeteries shall not unreasonably interrupt Council employees at their duties or employ them to execute private works within the cemeteries or extend to them any gratuity.
  • All enquiries, complaints and requests by members of the public must be made to the Bereavement Office of the Council, details above, and not to operatives in the Cemeteries.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead and owners are required to clear up any dog fouling. Dogs must be kept on the footpath and dogs are not allowed on the burial sections. Any breach of this rule will be referred to the Dog Warden Service.
  • No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any article, commodity or thing of any kind whatsoever or solicit orders from the same, within the cemeteries.
  • Any person using a motor vehicle in the Cemeteries shall only do so on a carriageway suited to the purpose and shall abide by the speed limits in force.
  • Any person using a motor vehicle in the Cemeteries must observe all one-way systems, signs and parking restrictions placed within the Cemeteries. Users must park in a responsible manner within the cemetery grounds.
  • All visitors must keep to the footpaths or roads provided, except whilst visiting a grave and refrain from touching or interfering with trees, shrubs, plants or flowers.
  • The responsibility for providing sufficient bearers to carry the coffin from the hearse to the chapel and/or grave rests with the funeral director or person arranging the funeral. Any funeral director, including his/her staff and/or mourner who assist with the bearing or lowering of a coffin, does so at their own risk.
  • Council employees must not be approached or undertake any bearer duties, unless express approval from the Council is received.
  • A body brought into the Cemetery for interment shall be contained in a suitable coffin or shroud.
  • All preparation of graves will be carried out by persons employed and authorised by the Council.
  • After interment, no body or cremated remains may be removed from any grave without the production of an ecclesiastical faculty and/or Home Office licence for exhumation. The Council will require the original documents for this purpose.
  • No person shall drop, throw or otherwise deposit and leave in the cemeteries any waste paper or refuse of any kind, except in the litter bins provided.
  • No person shall operate any sound reproducing equipment or play any musical instrument in the Cemeteries without the prior consent of the Council.
  • No employee of the Council is to demand or receive any gratuity.
  • Cremated remains shall not be scattered or buried in any Cemetery or Crematorium grounds unless prior approval has been given by the Council. Burial or scattering of cremated remains may be approved on completion of the appropriate documentation and payment of fees.

Purchase of graves

Graves may only be purchased at the time of need. No grave space may be pre-purchased

  • All graves will be initially excavated to standard depths determined by the Council. The Council cannot be held responsible if, due to factors outside their control, the full number of interments in a grave cannot be achieved.
  • New graves will be allocated strictly in order within each section of the Cemeteries; however in some circumstances a person may select a grave subject to Council approval.
  • In the case of a public grave, no individual owns the exclusive right of burial. Therefore, no memorial, vase, cross, tablet, article or thing may be placed on the grave except for cut flowers.

The exclusive right of burial

  • No grave in respect of which the Council has granted an exclusive right of burial shall be opened without consent in writing of the grave owner, or an executor if the grave owner is to be buried.
  • The deed of exclusive right of burial shall be produced to the Council whenever the grave is to be re-opened.

Interment

  • Notice of burial must be given to the Cemeteries Office as early as possible and, in any event, not less than three working days' notice excluding weekends and Bank Holidays must be given for any proposed burial.
  • Full details must be given at the time of booking and written confirmation must be submitted not later than 10.00 a.m. On the last working day prior to interment. In the case of religious, ethnic and cultural groups, every effort will be made to meet the need for rapid arrangements for interment when requested, subject to available resources and appropriate legislation.
  • An accurate coffin size must be given at the time of application.
  • A certificate for disposal issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths, or a Coroner's Order for Burial must be delivered to the Cemeteries Office not later than 10.00 a.m. On the last working day prior to the funeral.
  • Any person procuring interment without the production of such certificate or order will be required to make a written declaration on the prescribed form in accordance with Section 1 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1926.
  • In the case of a non-viable foetus, the Medical Practitioner's or Midwife's certificate of delivery will be required.
  • The person arranging the interment shall be responsible for the attendance of a minister of religion, if desired, to officiate at the burial service and for the payment of any fee to which the minister is entitled.
  • Burial times which are requested for later than 3.30pm Mon-Thurs and later than 2.30pm on Fridays, or after 3pm on weekends or Bank Holidays, will be dependent on labour availability on the day and subject to an overtime charge. Once agreed with the Bereavement Services Office, the charge will apply even in circumstances where the burial is cancelled.
  • Any form of religious service may be used but any other ceremony is subject to the approval of the Council. Alternatively, the coffin may be committed without a service.

Burial Services are not available on Good Friday or Christmas Day.

Any flowers, shrubs, chippings, ornaments or other such items should be removed from the grave by the family at least 48 hours prior to an interment. If the grave has not been cleared this will be carried out by cemetery staff. However the council will not be responsible for any breakages.

There are times when the Council will need to excavate the grave at the side or the foot of your grave for interment to take place. Boards may have to be placed over your grave and it may be difficult to visit the grave for a short period. The public need to be advised of this and assured that after the funeral the grave will be cleared and the area left neat and tidy.

Exhumation of remains

  • In the event of the need to exhume a body or cremated remains from a cemetery, an application must first be made in writing to the council.
  • The applicant must apply to the Ministry of Justice for an exhumation licence, or in the case of a grave on consecrated Church of England ground, a Diocesan Faculty must be obtained
  • Exhumations will be contracted out to suitably qualified specialists and the full costs plus an administration fee will be passed to the applicant for payment.
  • The applicant will be responsible for organising a Funeral Director and carriage for the remains to be transported to the final resting place.
  • In the event of the receiving cemetery being under the control of the Council, appropriate fees for the reburial will be applied.

Woodland burials

  • Graves on the woodland section will accommodate a single burial only, to cause the minimum disturbance to the growing woodland.
  • Coffins for burial in the woodland section must be free from varnish or preservative
  • Name plates, handles and wreath holders must be made of a biodegradable material
  • Graves are also available for the interment of cremated remains. Each plot can accommodate up to six containers of cremated remains. All containers must be unvarnished and biodegradable.
  • The woodland section is non-denominational and no part of it will be reserved for specific religious groups.
  • Bodies for burial in woodland graves must not have been embalmed, except where essential on public health grounds.
  • No memorials of any kind are permitted in the woodland and funeral flowers will be removed from the grave after approximately two weeks. Floral tributes may not be placed on graves at any other time.

Memorials

  • A memorial may only be erected in accordance with the 2021 Rules and upon payment of the appropriate fee.
  • The right to erect a memorial rests with the Exclusive Right of Burial deed holder, or their next of kin or executor and will last for the duration of the unexpired portion of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial.
  • Application for the approval to place a new memorial in the Cemeteries, alter or add to any inscription, or replace, add to or remove from the cemetery any memorial, must be submitted to the Council on the appropriate Memorial Application Form. Such notice must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the proposed date of erection.
  • The application should include:
  • Grave number, which must be inscribed on any proposed memorial placed in the cemetery.
  • Name of deceased.
  • Drawing of proposed memorial and its' specification, including type, colour and finish (i.e. Polished/honed, etc.) Of stone, the material to be used and showing all dimensions.
  • The text of any proposed inscription.
  • Name, address and signature of person applying for permission - this should be the deed holder. If the deed holder is deceased, the applicant must state their relationship to the deceased owner. If the owner is still alive, but not making the application, he/she must provide a letter confirming and authorising the application.
  • Name, address and telephone number of the monumental mason
  • Memorials should be fixed according to BS 8415, which is supported by the current edition of the National Association of Memorial Masons Code of Working Practice, and erected by a mason with a current National Fixer Licence and Public Liability Insurance. A fixer licence must be from one of these organisations: The British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) or The Register of Qualified Memorial Fixers (RQMF).
  • The approval of the Council for any such application will be confirmed. No work should be undertaken until the permit has been issued. Any such permit is issued on the understanding that the work undertaken will fully comply with the details specified within the application form and the requirements of these regulations. Unless a monument is to be removed from the cemetery a permit is not required by the grave deed holder for cleaning, up-righting and re-levelling of a memorial, repair of existing lettering or painting of existing inscriptions. However, out of courtesy, the Cemeteries office should be notified of the proposed actions prior to commencement.
  • All memorials shall be constructed of naturally quarried materials such as granite, marble, slate or other hard natural stone of durable and sound quality. Artificial stone or soft stone may not be used, even in the plinth that sits on the concrete foundation.
  • Any unauthorized memorial shall be removed at the expense of the grave owner or their personal representative. The council reserves the right to claim costs for the removal, storage and transportation.
  • Any memorial erected in the Cemeteries remains the property and responsibility of the grave owner or their personal representative and therefore, remains in the Cemetery at their sole risk. You are advised to take out suitable insurance for your memorial. All memorials must be kept in a good state of repair by the said owner or personal representative.
  • Memorials are placed at the owner's own risk. The Council is not responsible for loss or damage done to any grave space or memorial or injury to any person within the Cemeteries, except where such damage is directly attributable to the negligence of the Council or their employees.
  • The Council may (without making compensation to the grave owner) reverse, re-fix, move, line up or otherwise alter the position or any memorial to which the 2021 Rules apply. The Council may, at any time without notice, remove or otherwise deal with any dangerous or unsafe memorials or any parts thereof, for which it may make a reasonable charge to the grave owner.
  • No operative or materials will be admitted to any Cemetery before 8.00am or after 4.00pm, nor will they be permitted to work on Saturdays. Sundays or Bank Holidays
  • Headstone dimensions must not exceed:
    • Maximum height 1067mm (3'6")
    • Maximum width 914mm (3'0")
    • Maximum depth 381mm (1'3")
  • Kerbstone edgings must not exceed:
    • Maximum length 2286mm (7’6”)
    • Maximum width 1219mm (4’)
  • If an extended landing is to be constructed on the grave area, you must consult with the cemetery office prior to commencing any such works. In most cases landings should not exceed the above measurements and MUST not interfere with the neighbouring graves.
  • Provision may be made for one or two flower vases to be incorporated as an integral part of the memorial base.
  • The section and grave number must be put on any memorial in such a place as to be easily visible following erection, in letters no larger than 20mm.
  • The name of the mason or his title may be carved on the back or side of the base of any memorial in letters no larger than 20mm.
  • All memorials must be fixed to the base by a recognized ground anchor system in accordance with BS 8415.
  • No memorial, article or other thing shall be erected or placed on any grave without the written consent of the Council.
  • No Kerb stones, edgings or grave surrounds will be allowed, unless undertaken by a monumental mason with the approval from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Children's burial sections

Any of the 2021 Rules applicable to the adult graves section also apply to this section.

  • Headstone size must not exceed:
    • Maximum height 1067mm (3'6")
    • Maximum width 914mm (3'0")
    • Maximum depth 381mm (1'3")
  • All memorials shall be lawn-type.

Maintenance and planting

  • Grass cutting will be carried out by the Council at a frequency determined by weather conditions and by the Council. Within the Woodland Burial Area, maintenance will differ from the normal grass cutting cycle.
  • Full length planting will not be permitted on any grave and the Council reserves the right to alter any planted grave which does not conform to these regulations without notice and at the expense of the grave owner
  • Trees and shrubbery are not permitted in any individual grave plot and will be removed without notice to the grave owner. The Council is under no obligation to return said items and may dispose of them as determined.
  • The Council may make a reasonable charge to the grave owner for the removal of any or the above.
  • The Council reserves the right to remove any item placed on or near a grave or within a tree without prior notice or right of appeal.
  • No railings shall be erected around any grave space, whether iron, UPVC or other material.
  • A temporary simple hardwood marker, not exceeding 1050mm (3'6") in height and 500mm (20") in width may be placed at the head of the grave, in line with neighbouring memorials, with the written consent of the Council, for a maximum period of 12 months.
  • All memorials of whatever description must be completely worked before being brought into a Cemetery. The only work permitted within the confines of the Cemeteries will be fixing the memorial in place.
  • All materials and equipment shall be conveyed in the Cemeteries in such a manner as to prevent damage to walkways, paths, existing memorials, turfed areas or plants and all soil and waste shall be removed in a like manner. Mats, boards or canvas should be used and the site should be left tidy, to the satisfaction of the Council.
  • The removal and re-erection of a memorial to facilitate the re-opening of a private grave, or to level such a grave, shall be at the expense of the grave owner or their personal representative. All memorials must be re-erected to the current edition of the NAMM Code of Working Practice.
  • Any person, with the permission of the grave deed holder, removing a memorial to permit a further interment shall either remove the same from the Cemetery, after informing the Council, or place it in a position indicated by the Council. The memorial should be replaced as soon as possible after the interment.

Pleasington cemetery extension rules

Burial plots

  • This is a multi-denominational burial site. New graves will be allocated in order within the respective section, based on the required depth, although the Council recognises that certain faiths prefer to bury in specific depth grave, the Council therefore will endeavour to accommodate such requests to the best of its ability.
  • The 2021 Rules apply to the cemetery extension
  • Exceptions:
    • After burial, the grave will be turfed or seeded by the Council and no articles including the planting of trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers or plants of any nature may be placed on the grave space whatsoever
    • Reasonable personalisation is permitted on the plinth and memorial stone only. Any personalisation found to be exceeding what is considered to be reasonable, will be removed and stored for collection within 28 days. The Council reserves the right to remove any item placed on or near a grave without prior notice or right of appeal.
    • This is a lawn cemetery and therefore no garden area, kerb sets, edgings or or kerb surrounds are permitted within the cemetery extension.
    • Mounding of graves after interment is acceptable and must be no more than a hand width high, a maximum of 150mm (6 inches) in height
    • Headstone sizes are of a maximum of 1097mm (3 feet and 6 inches) height and 945mm (3 feet and 1 inch) wide
    • No kerb sets, fences or edgings of any kind are permitted throughout the cemetery extension

Ashes burial plot

  • No garden area is permitted within the ashes burial section. No planting whatsoever is permitted within the defined area of interment.
  • The area of interment will be covered with weed suppressing membrane and chippings. This will be maintained by the Council.
  • Any flowers, shrubs, chippings, ornaments or other such items should be removed from the grave by the family at least 48 hours prior to an interment. If the grave has not been cleared this will be carried out cemetery staff however the council will not be responsible for any breakages.
  • The maximum number of interments within an ashes burial plot is six.
  • Fresh flowers which are placed within the area of interment and cannot be fitted in the container on the memorial will be removed and placed in the vases at the crematorium.

Access to the extension

  • When in operation and in the event of a burial ceremony taking place the bollard to the area will be raised and lowered only for the burial cortege.
  • If the allowance for general access is abused then the bollard will be raised and only access for funerals and disabled drivers will be allowed.
  • When the bollard is raised parking will be in the car park at the end of the extension drive. Spaces have been allocated to disabled drivers around the one way extension road. Parking should never be outside the bays allocated as this could interfere with other cemetery users.
  • The Council reserve the right to charge persons found driving on the grassed areas for any possible damage caused.
  • Disabled drivers will be allowed through the bollard after successfully applying for a disabled access permit from the Bereavement Office.

Cremation memorials, trees & benches

Cremation memorials on gardens of remembrance

  • Spaces will be allocated strictly in order, within your chosen area, and the next available space will be allocated to you.
  • The memorial space is leased for a period of 20 years. The Council reserves the right to vary or refuse any inscription that is considered unsuitable. The applicant should inform Bereavement Services of any change of address, or in case of the death of the owner, the details of the person wishing to take over responsibility for the lease.
  • Approximately 3 months before the expiry of the lease period, a renewal offer will be sent to the applicant currently on record (whether that be the original applicant or his/her successor).
  • Please note that all fees and charges increase annually.
  • If you choose not to renew the lease within the prescribed time scale, the memorial will be removed from display.
  • The memorial will be retained for a period of one year after removal. During this time you may arrange to collect the memorial. Alternatively you will still be able to arrange a further lease period, on the understanding that the memorial may not go back in its original location if that space has been re-sold in the meantime.
  • After one year in storage, the Council will dispose of the memorial.
  • You may place flowers in the holder provided at any time, and additionally, a wreath may be placed by the memorial at Christmas if desired.
  • No other personalisation will be permitted as we must maintain a neat and tidy appearance on the plots. We do not wish to cause distress, but any cards or statues or other memorabilia left on the memorial will be removed without prior notification.
  • The Council should be informed of the removal of any memorial from the Cemeteries.

Memorial trees

  • All memorial trees will be sold inclusive of the granite surround, sloping granite wedge and will include a vase facility. The area within the granite surround will be covered with weed suppressing membrane and chippings. This will be maintained by the Council. No planting whatsoever is permitted around the tree. Fresh flowers which are placed around the tree and cannot be fitted in the vase will be removed and placed in the vases at the crematorium
  • Reasonable personalisation is permitted within the area of the granite surround but must not exceed beyond the surround. Items must not be tied or otherwise placed upon or within the tree. Any personalisation found to be exceeding what is considered to be reasonable will be removed and stored for collection
  • The Council reserves the right to remove any item placed in a tree without prior notice or right of appeal.

Memorial benches

  • Memorial benches must be purchased from an approved monumental mason and must be accepted for an agreed location via Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council prior to an order being placed.
  • Benches must be granite and no wooden bench will be approved.
  • Once a bench space is leased from the Council, the bench must remain accessible to members of the public and must not be personalised with memorabilia. The council reserve right to remove any items without prior notice or right of appeal.

Pleasington Crematorium

  • Births and Deaths Registration Act 1926 and the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953
  • The Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 (the 2008 Regulations) as amended.
  • Cremation of body parts will be conducted in complete accordance with the Cremation (Amendment) Regulations 2000.
  • Application for cremation must be made to the Registrar during normal office hours, not later than 9.00am 48 hours prior to the proposed cremation. No order for cremation or instructions given by telephone will be accepted or acted upon unless they are confirmed forthwith in writing to the Bereavement Services Office. In any event, all written applications must be lodged with the Bereavement Services Office and all necessary statutory forms and certificates with the Medical Referee, not later than 10.o0am 48 hours prior to the proposed cremation.

Statutory forms for cremation

  • Form 1 - Application for Cremation - this form must be signed by the nearest surviving relative or an executor of the deceased.
  • Form 4 - Certificate of Medical Attendant
  • Form 5 - Confirmatory Medical Certificates and
  • Certificate for (burial or) cremation issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths
  • Forms 4 and 5 will not be necessary in the following cases:
    • When a post-mortem examination has been made by a pathologist (A certificate in Form 6 will be necessary)
    • When a post-mortem examination has been made and the cause of death has been certified by the Coroner (A certificate in Form 11 will be necessary)
    • Where the body has undergone anatomical examination pursuant to the provisions of the Anatomy Act 1832 and a certificate in Form 7 has been issued.
  • No cremation will be permitted to take place except on the written authority of the Medical Referee (Form 10, Authority to Cremate).
  • Cremation service times are available at 45 minute intervals, except for 1.00 p.m. Services will normally be permitted on any week day, as follows: Monday to Friday 10am-3.45pm
  • All persons attending any cremation service or otherwise present within the Crematorium or its' grounds shall comply at all times with the requirements of the Council.
  • The Funeral Director or person making arrangements for the funeral must provide sufficient bearers to convey the coffin reverently from the hearse to the catafalque. He must ensure that the coffin is placed correctly in position on the catafalque.
  • All coffins for cremation must comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Part 1.). Details are available on request from the Registrar.
  • All alternative coffins for cremation must have passed the FFMA test protocol and the reference number must be provided to the Bereavement Services Office before the cremation takes place.
  • The maximum dimensions of any coffin used for cremation purposes shall be:
    • Length 2280 mm (86")
    • Width 880 mm (35")
    • Depth 480 mm (24")
  • It must be noted that the maximum weight permissible for cremation at Pleasington is 158 kg (25 stone).
  • Up to 5 representatives of the deceased will, at the discretion of the Registrar, or his/her representative, be allowed to see the coffin introduced into the cremator but not to be present during the cremation process.
  • Floral tributes may only be placed within the Crematorium or its grounds in locations prescribed by the Council.

Cremated remains

  • Please consult your Funeral Director as to the various options available to you to for the cremated remains before making any decision on their disposal.
  • If the applicant for the cremation has signed a written authority requesting that the ashes be scattered, this will be carried out seven days after the funeral.
  • If no instructions have previously been given, cremated remains will be stored for one month after the funeral and after this period, they will be reverently scattered in the Crematorium Gardens of Remembrance.
  • Cremated remains may be only be collected from the Crematorium by the Funeral Director who arranged the funeral, by the applicant if notice is given by the Funeral Director prior to collection or by a representative of the family with the applicant's written and signed consent.
  • No cremated remains shall be interred or scattered within the grounds of any Cemetery or Crematorium without the consent of the Council. No such authorisation will be given unless a certificate has been obtained from the appropriate officer of the crematorium where the cremation took place, stating that a certificate for disposal has been produced to the Medical Referee of that crematorium and that the notification of disposal has been forwarded to the appropriate Registrar of Births and Deaths.
  • The Council may postpone any cremation service where the body arrives so late as to be a likely cause of delay to succeeding services or where the body is contained in an unsuitable cof­fin.
  • Admission to the chapel may be refused to unsuitable persons. Persons other than the mourning party are not allowed to enter the chapel during a service.
  • Flowers may be placed in the vases provided, located to the side of the crematorium and in the Chapel of Ease within the Gardens of Remembrance. Wreaths and cut flowers may be left on the Gardens of Remembrance only at Christmas, Mother's Day and Father's Day.
  • Wreaths and artefacts placed for Christmas will be removed from the 1st February each year; flowers artefacts left for Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day will be removed after two weeks. Wreaths and flowers left on the plots at any other time may be removed without notice.
  • By arrangement with the Registrar, or his/her representative, members of the public may inspect the Crematorium on any normal working day, except when a cremation is proceeding.
  • Any person, Mason or Funeral Director failing to comply with these regulations may be ejected from and prevented from re-entering any cemetery or crematorium owned and operated by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
  • All persons using the cemeteries and crematoria to which these regulations apply must observe them, The Council will not be liable for any loss or expense, grief or suffering resulting from any breach thereof or any action taken by the Council as a result of such breach.

Regulation changes

The Council is empowered to alter or amend the aforementioned regulations at any time; to introduce further regulations as are considered necessary; to waive any of the regulations in exceptional circumstances or to impose temporary restrictions on any matters not specifically covered by these regulations.

Regulations made by the Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred by section 7 of the Cremation Act 1902

Appointed under regulation 31 of the 2008 Regulations