Burial ground charges

Our burial ground fees don't include undertaker related services or crematorium fees. The fees are higher for non residents as they don't pay Council Tax to Aberdeenshire Council. The non-resident fee is applied where the address on the death certificate for interments or the address on the lair certificate for lair purchase are out-with Aberdeenshire.

These fees only cover the purchase of the lair (grave), the preparation of the lair for the burial, the backfilling of the lair and laying out of flowers once the burial is over.

Buying a lair

You can buy a lair and book an interment without using an undertaker by calling the relevant burial groundIf you are using an undertaker, they can do this on your behalf and they will include these fees in their invoice.

Find out more about funeral arrangements.

Burial ground fees

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Purchase of right of burial

This entitles the lair holder the right of burial in the lair for themselves and their heirs. The lair holder can also transfer the right of burial. The lair will still belong to the council, but the lair holder has the right to be buried in it.

Where a lair is being purchased for the interment of a person under the age of 18, no purchase fee will be applied.

Description of charge Resident
Non-resident
Full Interment Lair
Fee for right of burial in full size coffin lair 
£1,297 £2,267
Casket Lair
Fee for right of burial in a lair for ashes caskets only
£797 £1,396
Transfer of Lair Rights
Fee to transfer right of burial
£128 £1,099
Search of Records (per hour or part thereof)
Fee where lair or previous interment details are not known
£35 £35
Duplicate Lair Certificate (plus cost of any necessary search) £128 £128

Full interment

These are the fees to open the lair for the burial of a coffin or casket of ashes, backfill the lair and relay flowers.

Description of charge Resident Non-resident
Coffin interment for persons of 18 years and over
Monday to Friday fee to bury the deceased
£1,133 £2,264
Coffin interment for persons under 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Coffin interment for persons of 18 years and over
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
£1,700 £3,398
Coffin interment for persons under 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons over 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury ashes
£333 £662
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons under 18
Monday to Friday fee to bury ashes
No charge No charge
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons over 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
£502 £996
Cremated remains (with or without casket) for persons under 18
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am) fee to bury the deceased
No charge No charge
Interment of additional caskets in the same lair in one interment
Cost per additional casket
£42 £42
Scattering of ashes
Fee to lift granite chips or turf on lair, scatter ashes and relay them
Monday to Friday
£72 £125
Scattering of ashes
Fee to lift granite chips or turf on lair, scatter ashes and relay them
Saturday (latest arrival time 11:30am)
£107 £188
Testing a Lair/Trial Dig
Fee to establish remaining depth in pre purchased lair
£249 £435
Assistance of Gravedigger to carry coffin from hearse to graveside
Requested at time of booking
£87 £87
Assistance of Gravedigger to carry coffin from hearse to graveside
Not requested at time of booking
£173 £173

Headstones and memorial plaques

Fees associated with erecting of headstones and memorial plaques.

Where the application is being made following the interment of a person under the age of 18, no fee will be applied.

Description of charge Resident Non-resident
Preparatory work for erection of headstone
Fee to install foundation for headstone
£235 £409
Preparatory work for commemorative plaque
Fee to prepare memorial wall for plaque
£61 £109
Granting permission where no foundation necessary
Fee to process application for memorial which does not require preparatory work
£52 £91

Burials scheduled for after latest arrival time

All burials scheduled for after latest arrival time are charged at cost. There is also a surcharge for:

  • Interment in private burial ground or location not managed by the council
  • Exhumation of remains

Burials on weekends and public holidays

Please note that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, interments aren't permitted on:

  • Saturdays after 11.30am
  • Sundays
  • 25th December and 1st and 2nd January

All applications for such should be made to the Director of Environment and Infrastructure Services or the nominated representative.

If approved there is a 100% surcharge for interments:

  • after 11.30am on Saturdays
  • Sundays
  • Monday, 6th May 2024