Exhumation of human remains

Exhumations can be carried out for a number of reasons, but it is illegal to disturb human remains without lawful permission.


It is necessary to apply for a licence from the Ministry of Justice to carry out an exhumation. Such applications are free of charge and if a licence is granted it will contain a number of conditions which must be complied with.

An Environmental Health Officer will normally attend an exhumation to ensure that public safety and decency is maintained.

For further information on exhumations please contact us on 023 8068 8329 or email eh@eastleigh.gov.uk