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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.£836
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£72
Cremated remains in any grave. Does not include exclusive rights of burial.£241
Late arrival for interment (charge for every 15 minutes)£54

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£1051

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)£836
Full interment (deceased non-resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser resident)£836
Full interment (deceased and exclusive right of burial purchaser are both non-resident)£1672
Interment of cremated remains (deceased is resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser non-resident)£241
Interment of cremated remains (deceased non-resident and exclusive right of burial purchaser resident)£241
Interment of cremated remains(deceased and exclusive right of burial purchaser are both non-resident)£482

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£720
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 60 years£864
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 70 years£1007
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 80 years£1150
Full grave (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 90 years£1295
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 50 years£420
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 60 years£503
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 70 years£587
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 80 years£672
Cremated remains section (purchased at time of burial or in advance) - 90 years£754
Children's section grave- 50 years£420
Children's section grave - 60 years£503
Children's section grave - 70 years£587
Children's section grave - 80 years£672
Children's section grave - 90 years£754

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 £288
 Full grave - 30 year extension £432
 Full grave - 40 year extension £576
 Cremated remains section - 20 year extension £168
 Cremated remains section - 30 year extension £252
 Cremated remains section - 40 year extension £336
 Children's section grave - 20 year extension  £168
 Children's section grave - 30 year extension  £252
 Children's section grave - 40 year extension  £336

Cemetery memorials (application to be made to Gateshead Council)

Right to erect memorial£282
Additional inscription on memorial£58
Replacement memorial£68
Right to place a vase, tablet or flower stand that is not fixed£29
Refixing of memorial to industry standard to make safe only. No material change permitted to memorial.No charge
Renovation (includes refixing, cleaning, repairing etc)£41

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)£180
Right to erect full kerbstones or border sets on specified graves.£360
Right to fix a horizontal (flat) plaque between kerbstones not exceeding 750mm x 750mm (30" x 30")£68
Replacement full kerbstone£178
Replacement half kerbstone£90

Cemeteries - miscellaneous charges

Coffin cover (replaces vaulted graves)£638
Exhumation (does not include re interment/cremation fee)Actual cost
Transfer of exclusive rights of burial£40
Use of chapel for burial or memorial service (Saltwell Cemetery, Birtley). Only if available - fee in addition to interment fee.£100
Service cancellation (less than 3 working days notice)£172

Crematoria 

Cremation

Adult (18 years of age or over) £653
Child (up to 18 years of age)Medical Referee fee only 
Medical referee fee (payable for all cremations)£39
Environmental surcharge£47
Non-resident surcharge*£35
Disposal in Garden of Remembrance of a person cremated elsewhere£57

Additional 15 minute service time at Saltwell Crematorium - only for 12noon and 3.15pm services

Additional 15 minute service time at Birtley Crematorium - only for 2.30pm services


£65

*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)£35
Emblem or service badge£115
Family crest or coat of arms£137
Token entryActual cost + £34 admin fee

Other memorials

Memorial wall plaque (for period of 10 years)£457
Extension of memorial wall plaque or kerb plaque (for period of 10 years) on expiry of lease.£257
Memorial kerb (for period of 10 years)£797
Memorial kerb/wall plaque - replacement plaque (for remainder of 10 year period)£201

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.£35
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. £38
Memorial bench in cemetery or crematorium (without need for base preparation) for period of 10 years*£1300
Memorial bench in cemetery or crematorium (with the need for base preparation) for period of 10 years*£2000
Memorial cast iron plaque on existing seat in Saltwell Park (10 years duration)*£546
Renewal of 10 year lease for memorial plaque on existing seat in Saltwell Park£346
Memorial benches - replacement or additional plaque

£199

*Please note terms and conditions on memorial bench application form

Contact us

Bereavement Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH
0191 433 3816 or 433 3811
cemeteriesandcrematoria@gateshead.gov.uk 

Office opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

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