Licence to Conduct a Crematorium
Administered by: Department of Health / Public Health
When is this licence required?

You will need this licence if you intend to operate a crematorium. A crematorium is a building, place, or premises designed for the cremation of human remains.

What are the eligibility requirements for this licence?

To be eligible for this licence, you must be one of the following organisations:

  • the board or controlling authority of a cemetery
  • an incorporated association, established for the purpose of cremation, which has been certified by the Chief Health Officer.

Additionally, you must:

  • have sufficient authority to use the site or proposed site
  • have the necessary buildings, fittings, works and apparatus for the effective and respectful cremation of human bodies or, in the case the crematorium is not established, have your plans and specifications of your proposed buildings, fittings, works and apparatus approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • have advertised your intention to apply for this licence in a local, public newspaper for eight weeks prior to submitting your application.

How much does this licence cost?
Application Fees for a permit to cremate:given between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or between 9am and noon Saturday excluding public holidays - $72.60given at any other time - $118.80Fees for 2021-22
Licence $15.00 For a licence to use and conduct a crematorium. Fees for 2021-22
Miscellaneous $5.00 For a certificate of the Chief Health Officer to validate and give effect to a licence (including inspections). Fees for 2021-22

Are there any specific application requirements?

A licence will only be granted after a thorough inspection of the premises. Once a licence is granted, the holder must ensure that the crematorium is maintained correctly.

If you are approved for this licence and plan to build a crematorium, your licence will not come into force until a compliance certificate is issued by the Chief Health Officer.

What forms are available?
Initial application: Application for a Licence to Use and Conduct a Crematorium - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

What documents provide more information?

What legislation specifies this requirement?
  • Cremation Act 1929
  • Cremation Regulations 1954

Who can you talk to for more information?

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Last updated: 02/08/2021 10:37:06

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