Cemeteries regulations - 1. General information

Arun District Council
Cemeteries Service
Bognor Regis Town Hall
Clarence Road
Bognor Regis
PO21 1LD

Tel: 01903 737954

Email: cemeteries@arun.gov.uk

Website: www.arun.gov.uk/cemeteries

1.1. Office Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm

Fridays: 8.45am to 4.45pm

1.1.1. Officer availability is subject to change and is dependent on the resources available at the time. An answerphone service is provided for messages to be left when officers are unavailable. The Cemeteries Services aim to return calls within 24 hours.

1.2. Burial Hours (Summer)

Monday to Friday 9.00am-3.30pm

1.2.1. Burial Hours Winter (Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb)

Monday to Friday 9.00am-3.00pm (Cremated Remains Burial)

Monday to Friday 9.00am-2.30pm (Coffined Burial)

1.2.2. Burial hours are subject to change and are dependent on the resources available at the time.

1.3. Chapel Hours

As above, however in situations where a Chapel service precedes a burial then services shall be held 1 hour before the latest burial time.

1.4. All visitors are asked to respect the peace, dignity and reverence of the Council’s Cemeteries.

1.5. The Council shall not undertake any instruction without it being in writing together with any necessary supporting documentation and payment.

1.6. The Council 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.

1.7. The Register of Burials and Cemetery maps are kept at the Cemeteries Office. Searches may be requested, and extracts obtained from the register in person strictly by appointment with the Authorised Officer free of charge. A fee shall be payable if the Authorised Officer is to undertake a search on behalf of the enquirer.

1.8. Other relevant Cemeteries Service procedures include;

  • Memorial Safety & Inspection Procedures
  • Public Health Funeral Procedures
  • Exhumation Procedures
  • Closed Churchyards Procedures

1.9. Application forms and information leaflets are available to download from the Council’s website or in hard copy from the Cemeteries Office.

1.10. The Council also maintains the grounds of 7 closed churchyards in the district. Information can be found on the Council’s website.

1.11. Arun District Council reserves the right to make any amendments, alterations or additions to the Cemeteries Regulations as and when necessary.

1.12. Arun District Council is seeking to become a member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s Charter for the Bereaved.