Disinterment requests

To disinter human remains, first you must get written authorization from the person who has the right to make such a decision. Disinterment of cremated remains is not covered by BC consumer protection laws and should be discussed with the cemetery operator in terms of their bylaws and any contractual obligations established when the cremated remains were first interred.

If you plan to disinter or exhume human remains, you must also apply for a Disinterment Permit from our office, unless, the remains are to be disinterred and re-interred within the same cemetery. A permit is not needed for cremated remains.

In some cases, you may be required to seek approval from your local health authority before disinterring human remains. Human remains must be received by a licensed funeral provider immediately after the lot is opened unless the remains are to be re-interred within the same cemetery.

Submit a disinterment request.
Read the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act, section 5 and section 16.