Revised rules for Highland burial grounds and crematorium commence 1 June 2021 

Revised burial grounds and crematorium management rules are to come into place tomorrow (1 June 2021) for the next 10 years.

Following a public consultation that took place in February and March this year, Members of The Highland Council’s Communities and Place Committee have approved the revised management rules.

Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Communities and Place Committee said: “The Council recognises that this very important public service, is delivered sensitively and with care.

“It’s important that people are aware that there are rules that apply in our burials grounds and crematorium and why these rules are in place. 

“Clear guidance is being provided to staff on proportionate, fair, consistent enforcement approach to breaches of the management rules. This includes guidance on when it is appropriate to take action and the action to be taken.”

The Highland Burial grounds and crematorium management rules are on the Council’s website at

The Highland Council has a statutory obligation to manage burial provision, memorial safety and cremations as set out in the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016.

The Council will undertake its next statutory review of burials grounds and crematorium management rules in the year 2030.

31 May 2021