Requirements for Installing Headstones or Plaques

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Requirements for Installing Headstones or Plaques

The concrete beam adjacent to any burial or cremation plot, or the allocated garden space for a cremation, is available for the instalment of a memorial.

The provision and maintenance of a memorial remains with the family or the purchaser of the plot.

Council staff must approve any plan to install a memorial that is not carried out by a registered Monumental Mason.

The requirements for memorial installation are:

  • A memorial in a memorial beam area must not stand higher than 1200 mm or be wider than 1000 mm or be deeper than 850 mm and the memorial must be set back 150 mm from the front and 150 mm from the back of the beam
  • A memorial in an ashes memorial garden and children’s ashes area must not stand higher than 1200 mm or be wider than 800 mm or deeper than 500 mm
  • A flat plaque memorial in a tree ashes garden must be placed within the allocated garden kerbing plot area
  • An inclined memorial in a lawn burial beam area must not stand higher than 400 mm or be wider than 1000 mm or be deeper than 500 mm
  • A memorial in a children’s burial beam area must not stand higher than 600 mm or be wider than 800 mm or deeper than 350 mm
  • The base of a flat or inclined memorial must be pinned to the beam with a minimum of 12 mm diameter glued fibreglass rods.
  • An upright memorial (headstone) must be pinned to its base or the beam with a minimum of 12 mm diameter glued fibreglass rods.

A small plastic plaque, bearing the name of the person interred, is allowed until a memorial headstone or permanent plaque is installed. Contact the Council or funeral directors for details.

White wooden crosses are not permitted.

Further Information

For more detailed information please contact our Cemeteries Administrator:

cemeteries@marlborough.govt.nz