Arun District Council welcomes all visitors to our cemeteries and requests that the peace, dignity and reverence of these facilities are respected. We thank you for your consideration.
Arun District Council ensures that our cemeteries are managed in a legal, sensitive and respectful way for all that have use of them. These are communal spaces for quiet reflection and remembrance.
In acknowledging our respect for those who use our cemeteries Arun District Council has adopted the principles of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s ‘Charter for the Bereaved’. This charter has informed the regulations and management of our cemeteries.
Arun District Council as a Burial Authority, under the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977, is responsible for regulating and managing five cemeteries across the district. It is a requirement of that Order to set out regulations to provide a safe and dignified environment for all visitors and provides the council with the authority to undertake any task or instruction as necessary to ensure the continuing appropriate management of its cemeteries.
Interment hours are subject to change and are dependent on the resources available at the time.
The Cemeteries Service will not undertake any instruction without it being in writing together with any necessary supporting documentation.
The Cemeteries Service is compliant with the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977 and other relevant statutory instruments. Arun District Council is a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
The Register of Burials and Cemetery maps are kept at the Cemeteries Service. Searches may be requested and extracts obtained from the register at a time agreed with the Authorised Officer free of charge. A fee shall be payable if the Authorised Officer is asked to undertake a search on the behalf of the enquirer.
If you are the owner of a grave in any of our cemeteries and have moved since you purchased, please update your records by selecting the following online form.
Arun District Council Cemeteries
The Council’s greenspace contractor Tivoli maintains the grounds of the five Council cemeteries as well as the following closed churchyards;
- St James, East Ham Rd, Littlehampton. BN17 7AN
- St John the Baptist, A24 by-pass, Findon. BN14 0RF
- St Mary, Church Street, Littlehampton. BN17 5EN
- St Mary, Vicarage Lane, East Preston, Littlehampton. BN16 2SP
- St Mary Magdalene, Bersted Street, Bognor Regis. PO22 9QE
- St Nicholas, Elmer Rd, Middleton-on-sea, Bognor Regis. PO22 6ET
- St Nicholas, London Road, Arundel. BN18 QAT
Arun District Council Cemeteries Service Forms
Notice of Interment
Additional Grave Owner Section 1.pdf [pdf] 268KB
Additional Grave Owner Section 2.pdf [pdf] 368KB
Cemetery Rules and Regulations
Further information on the cemeteries can be found in a booklet entitled Cemetery information.pdf [pdf] 53KB . A hard copy can be obtained on request from the Cemeteries Office. It contains detail about burials, interment of ashes, including how to apply to have a memorial and the sizes and types of memorial permitted, information on purchasing a grave (exclusive right of burial) and other items which you may find useful.
A permit is required to erect a memorial or to add an additional inscription on an existing memorial. Permits are available from local Stonemasons [pdf list 87KB] who will also advise you of all the fees and charges payable. You can also contact the Council Office who will be able to help.
You can also obtain further information on funeral practices.pdf [pdf] 238KB from the Environmental Agency.
A list of our latest Cemeteries Fees and Charges.PDF [pdf] 2MB can be downloaded.
Maintenance, planting and flowers in lawn areas
The Local Authority has a duty of care under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure that any risk in a cemetery is properly managed. The Council will therefore be making inspections of all memorials in the cemetery to ensure their stability.
The Council only test memorials for stability by hand and if any memorials are found to be unstable, and not present an immediate risk, a letter will be written to the owner of the grave using the last known address and informing them the memorial is in need of attention. They will be requested to contact a stonemason for suitable repairs.
Memorials will only be laid down when it is considered there is an immediate and genuine risk to health and safety, and this will be done with the utmost care and respect. A letter will be sent to the individual owner of the grave at their last known address informing them that the memorial was unstable and had to be laid down for safety reasons. This is part of an ongoing programme of memorial testing in all cemeteries for which Arun District Council has responsibility.
The Council has a responsibility to make sure memorials are safe but it is the owner who has a legal responsibility to maintain and repair it.
Please view our: Privacy Notice Cemeteries.pdf [pdf] 163KB