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.

A representative from the Council will normally attend an exhumation to ensure that public safety and decency is maintained.

To seek further advice, please contact us and your enquiry will be passed to our Environmental Health team.