Cemeteries and Crematoria Introduction
Eleven Cemeteries and three Crematoria are situated throughout the City and cover an area of approximately 439 acres. The three crematoria - Yardley, Lodge Hill and Sutton Coldfield - have cemeteries on the same site.
You will find the Cemeteries and Crematoria addresses, telephone numbers and links to pages giving location details and opening times in contact details.
CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA - SERVICES
Advice onarranging a funeral -
The staff at the Cemeteries and Crematoria offices are available to help and advise you and to supply you with the necessary forms for completion.
Other information Sources:
Frequently asked Questions
Arranging a Funeral including advice on Independent Funeral Arrangements
What to do after a death in England /Wales Home Office leaflet as a PDF
Financial Assistance -
If you need help, either financial or other, with a funeral then please refer to
Funeral Arrangements Help or Funeral Expenses Payment.
Buying a Grave -
New grave spaces are only available at Kings Norton, Handsworth, Quinton, Sutton New Hall and Witton Cemeteries - there are no new grave spaces available at the other cemeteries. If you wish to buy a grave please contact the Bereavement Officer at the appropriate cemetery.
New grave spaces will be available at Lodge Hill Cemetery from 1st December 2010
Cremated Remains Graves
Cremated Remains grave spaces are also available at Yardley, Brandwood End, Kings Norton, Quinton, Lodge Hill, Sutton New Hall and Witton Cemetery
You will find details of grave prices on Charges for Services.
You will find information regarding Public Graves in theRules and Regulations.
There are memorials schemes at the three Crematoria - Lodge Hill, Yardley and Sutton Coldfield. For further information please contact the appropriate crematorium or go to the memorial pages for online information.
You should contact the Bereavement Officer for information regarding the placing of a memorial on a grave. You will need a permit to erect a memorial on a grave. Charge varies depending on the type of memorial. Details of the permit charges associated with memorials on grave can be found in Charges for Services
You will find guidance on Rules and Regulations regarding memorials in cemeteries in points 17-24.
If you are investigating your family tree you can request a Burial or Crematoria Register Search or a copy of the Burial or Crematoria Register entry by applying to the appropriate site office or by submitting an On line Order/Enquiry.
You can also carry out an online Genealogy search of the cremation and burial recordswhich are available in electronic format.
You are advised to contact the cemetery Bereavement Officer. You can find further information on the subject in the Home Office document What to do after a death in England/Wales
Payment methods -
Some of the services incur a charge as detailed in Memorials fees and Charges
and Charges for Services. Any services requested online can be paid for by credit/debit card online.
The cemetery or crematoria offices will accept payment by cash, cheque or credit/debit card.
If you receive an invoice from Bereavement Services, you can pay in a number of ways.
Find out more on our How to pay page
Equalities and Diversity
Bereavement Services aim to provide a quality and sensitive service in accordance with the needs and beliefs of the bereaved and visitors to our cemeteries and crematoria in an efficient and dignified manner. For further information please click here
Glossary of Terms
Columbarium Unit An above ground unit to hold cremated remains.
Concrete Header Concrete foundation already in place at the time of the burial to accommodate a memorial. Memorials can be erected immediately on a Concrete Header.
Exclusive Right of burial Deed issued at the time of purchase giving the right of burial for a designated number of years. Deeds are now produced for a period of 75 years.
Interment Burial of coffin/casket.
Lawn Type Grave area will be turfed 6 - 12 months following the burial. Only Lawn type memorials are permitted on this type of grave. Details of the regulations regarding memorials can be found in the Rules and Regulations.
Non Resident Person not residing in Birmingham at the time of death. This fee applies to the deceased and not grave owner unless pre-purchased.
Oversize Grave Grave width 5ft to accept coffins that exceed 30" width.
Pre-Purchased Purchasing a grave for a future interment. Exclusive Right of burial is issued. If the purchaser is not a resident of Birmingham a non- resident fee will be charged.
Public Interment Burial in a grave whereby the ownership of the grave remains with Birmingham City Council. No Exclusive Right of Burial is issued. Memorials cannot be erected on these graves.
Scattering Cremated Remains are dispersed evenly from scattering urn over the ground.
Traditional Grave Grave that will accommodate a full traditional memorial with kerbs and sub kerbs. This grave will not be turfed.
Vault A chamber provided for the reception of human remains.
Walled Grave A grave, the sides of which are lined with walls.