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Fees and charges

Cemeteries

Interment (during normal working hours)

Adult (18 years of age or over) Depth for up to two burials. Does not include exclusive rights of burial.£1,023
Child up to 18 years of age (including still-born and NVF) Does not include exclusive rights of burial.No charge
Additional fee for grave taken out of rotation£89
Cremated remains in any grave. Does not include exclusive rights of burial.£295
Late arrival for interment (charge for every 15 minutes)£67

Interment (outside of normal working hours - only permitted in exceptional circumstances - no interments will take place on bank holidays)

Interment between 2.15 and 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 1.45 and 4pm Friday£1,286

Non-resident interment charges

A non-resident surcharge will apply where the deceased is regarded as a non-resident of Gateshead (resided outside the Borough of Gateshead) at the time of their death. Exemptions apply in circumstances where:

  • the deceased had moved to receive specialist care which was not available in the Borough of Gateshead
  • the death occurred within 12 months of moving out of the Borough
  • the deceased was a serving member of the armed forces living in temporary accommodation whose next of kin still resides in the Borough
Full interment (deceased is resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser non-resident)£959
Full interment (deceased non-resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser resident)£959
Full interment (deceased and exclusive right of burial purchaser are both non-resident)£1918
Interment of cremated remains (deceased is resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser non-resident)£276
Interment of cremated remains (deceased non-resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser resident)£276
Interment of cremated remains(deceased and exclusive right of burial purchaser are both non-resident)£552

Exclusive rights of burial

Purchasing the exclusive rights of burial gives the purchaser complete control over further burials in the grave (if space allows) and over any memorials that maybe placed on the grave (following submission of an application to Gateshead Council). The exclusive rights of burial does not grant ownership of the grave. The period of the exclusive rights of burial in total must not exceed 90 years.

Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 50 years£880
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 60 years£1,056
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 70 years£1,232
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 80 years£1,406
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 90 years£1,585
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 50 years£514
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 60 years£616
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 70 years£719
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 80 years£823
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 90 years£924
Children's section grave- 50 years£514
Children's section grave - 60 years£616
Children's section grave - 70 years£719
Children's section grave - 80 years£823
Children's section grave - 90 years£924

Note: All new graves must be purchased at the time of internment with the exception of graves for children up to the age of 18 years.

Exclusive rights of burial - extensions to lease

An extension to the exclusive rights of burial can be purchased only on expiry of the initial lease. The period of the exclusive rights of burial in total must not exceed 90 years.

 Full grave - 20 year extension £352
 Full grave - 30 year extension £529
 Full grave - 40 year extension £704
 Cremated remains section - 20 year extension £206
 Cremated remains section - 30 year extension £308
 Cremated remains section - 40 year extension £412
 Children's section grave - 20 year extension  £206
 Children's section grave - 30 year extension  £308
 Children's section grave - 40 year extension  £412

Cemetery memorials (application to be made to Gateshead Council)

Right to erect memorial£345
Additional inscription on memorial£72
Replacement memorial£83
Right to place a vase, tablet or flower stand that is not fixed£36
Refixing of memorial to industry standard to make safe only. No material change permitted to memorial.No charge
Renovation (includes refixing, cleaning, repairing etc)£51

Kerbstones/border sets

Approval for kerbstones/border sets is at the discretion of the council and will only be allowed in designated sections.

Right to erect half kerbstones on lawn section (full burials only)£221
Right to erect full kerbstones or border sets on specified graves.£441
Right to fix a horizontal (flat) plaque between kerbstones not exceeding 750mm x 750mm (30" x 30")£83
Replacement full kerbstone£218
Replacement half kerbstone£111

Cemeteries - miscellaneous charges

Coffin cover (replaces vaulted graves)£781
Exhumation (does not include re interment/cremation fee)POA
Transfer of exclusive rights of burial£47
Use of chapel for burial or memorial service (Saltwell Cemetery, Birtley). Only if available - fee in addition to interment fee.£123
Service cancellation (less than 3 working days notice)£211

Crematoria 

Cremation

Adult (18 years of age or over) £798
Child (up to 18 years of age)Medical Referee fee only 
Medical referee fee (payable for all cremations)£49
Environmental surcharge£58
Non-resident surcharge*£43
Disposal in Garden of Remembrance of a person cremated elsewhere£69
Witness scattering of cremated remains if cremation was carried out within Gateshead£52
Witness scattering of cremated remains if cremation was carried out elsewhere£69

Additional 20 minute service time at Saltwell Crematorium - only for 12noon and 3.15pm services only

£80
Direct cremation (no service available)£504
Direct cremation - non resident surcharge£43
Live webcasting service (Live web streaming plus seven days on-demand viewing)£60

*A non-resident surcharge will apply where the deceased is regarded as a non-resident of Gateshead (resided outside the Borough of Gateshead) at the time of their death. Exemptions apply in circumstances where:

  • the deceased had moved to receive specialist care which was not available in the Borough of Gateshead
  • the death occurred within 12 months of moving out of the Borough
  • the deceased was a serving member of the armed forces living in temporary accommodation whose next of kin still resides in the Borough

Book of remembrance

Each line of entry (entries must consist of either 2, 5 or 8 lines)£43
Emblem or service badge£141
Family crest or coat of arms£168
Token entryActual cost + £42 admin fee

Other memorials

Memorial wall plaque (for period of 10 years)£560
Extension of memorial wall plaque or kerb plaque (for period of 10 years) on expiry of lease.£315
Memorial kerb (for period of 10 years)£975
Memorial kerb/wall plaque - replacement plaque (for remainder of 10 year period)£246

Miscellaneous charges

Family search (searches for children, siblings, parents and grandparents are free). All other searches will be charged. Search fee is for one name. If limited information is provided, the search fee will increase accordingly.£43
Dignified disposal of body parts50% of appropriate fee (internment or cremation)
Grave location (appointment with member of staff on site to locate grave. Graves for children, siblings, parents and grandparents are free). All other grave locations will be charged. £47
Memorial bench in cemetery or crematorium (without need for base preparation) for period of 10 years*£1590
Memorial bench in cemetery or crematorium (with the need for base preparation) for period of 10 years*£2448
Memorial cast iron plaque on existing seat in Saltwell Park (10 years duration)*£669
Renewal of 10 year lease for memorial plaque on existing seat in Saltwell Park£424
Memorial benches - replacement or additional plaque

£244

*Please note terms and conditions on memorial bench application form

Contact us

Bereavement Services
Gateshead Council
Park Road Depot
Gateshead
NE8 3HN
0191 433 3816 or 433 3811
cemeteriesandcrematoria@gateshead.gov.uk 

Office opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm