Disinterment requests

For the operator of a place of interment to disinter human remains, they must receive a written request and 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 and remove them from the place of interment, the operator must also apply for and obtain a Disinterment Authorization from our office. Authorization 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 being disinterred 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.