Places of Interment

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In BC, it is unlawful to bury human remains anywhere except where the law allows, such as licensed cemeteries, or on land specifically set aside under other laws. To operate a place of interment, a property must first be established as a place of interment. After that, anyone who wants to operate a place of interment needs a licence.

Read the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act
Read the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act.
Read the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Regulation.
Read the Consumer Contract Regulation.

How to designate land as a place of interment

Before you apply for an operator’s licence, we have to approve and designate your site as a place of interment. Here’s how to do that:

How to get licensed

You are required to provide the following to be licensed. If you are proposing to operate a family or indigenous cemetery, please click here to download the application form.

Licence application forms