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If you would like to install a memorial headstone on a grave in one of our cemeteries, you need to contact a local Stonemason, who must be registered with BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons), or NAMM (National Association of Monumental Masons) and have Public Liability Insurance to complete the work. They will need to apply for a High Peak Borough Council Memorial Permit before they erect or replace a headstone, or remove an existing headstone to add an additional inscription to it.

Our cemeteries are covered by a Lawn Cemetery Order issued in 1980 meaning grave surfaces may only be covered with grass. Kerbs, fencing, railings, gravel, trees and gardens are not permitted.

Memorial guidelines are included in our cemetery regulations [628KB] .

How much does a memorial permit cost?

Memorial permit fees are included in our  cemetery fees and charges [122KB] .

Your memorial should be insured and checked at least every five years by a professional memorial mason.  It is important you keep us informed if you change address as we regularly test memorials for safety and will contact you if work is needed. 

As a grave owner it is your responsibility to repair any defects to your memorial as soon as possible. If we cannot contact you we will lie down, support or remove memorials in disrepair.

Memorial plaques and benches