Cemeteries fees and charges

Our cemetery fees and charges cover the council services for reserving a burial site or organising an ash placement or burial. Payment must be made up front. You can email our Cemeteries Team to book an appointment to discuss our services and fees in more detail.

Burial reservations

What you need to know:

  • Payment must be made up front. Payment plans aren’t available.
  • To reserve a burial plot, please follow the required steps, (link to organising a burial page). including checking our cemetery locations to determine which of our cemeteries have available sites.
  • Immediate burial is best arranged through a funeral director.
  • Grave digging fees can be paid when reserving a plot, or later at the time a burial is needed.
  • Headstones must be arranged through a registered monument mason. Your monument mason may include our Headstone Application Fee in their services, so check first.

Burial costs

Burial costs Cost

Burial plot- Adult

Cost for a standard burial plot. Grave digging not included.

$2,495.00

Burial plot - Child

Cost for burial plot for a child (up to 12 years). Grave digging not included.

$898.00

Grave digging fee– Adult, Port Macquarie Cemetery

Only for those with a prior reservation, new sites not available.

$2,220.00

Grave digging fee – Adult, other cemeteries

Fee for all cemeteries excluding Port Macquarie Cemetery.

$1,650.00

Grave digging fee – Child up to 12 years

$1,063.00

Grave digging surcharge

on non-business days (weekends/after hours)

Price on application

Headstone application fee – single headstone

Does not include purchase or installation of a headstone.

$130.00

Headstone application fee – double headstone

Does not include purchase or installation of a headstone.

$190.00

Ash placement

What you need to know:

  • When Ashes are placed in an urn. This is known as inurnment.
  • Ashes can be placed in a wall memorial – known as a wall niche. These are available at our ComboyneKendallLaurieton and Wauchope cemeteries.
  • Ashes can be placed in a gravesite, providing you are the rights-holder for the site.
  • Scattering of ashes is not permitted in council cemeteries or on council land/property.

Ash Placement costs

Ash Placement costs Cost

Wall niche inurnment

Available at Comboyne, Kendall, Laurieton and Wauchope cemeteries. Cost includes a plaque.

$1,428.00

Wall niche – Reservation only

Available at Comboyne, Kendall, Laurieton and Wauchope cemeteries. Cost covers reservation of space. Does not include plaque.

$818.00

Plaque

Cost to purchase a plaque for a pre-reserved wall niche space.

$610.00

Family ash placement

By appointment only.

Price on application

Placement of ashes in an occupied gravesite

Fee is for one placement. Up to 4 lots of ashes can be placed in an occupied gravesite.

$690.00

Reservation of a new site for ash placement

This fee provides the rights to a burial site for future ash placement.(Qu: How is this different to reserving a burial site above?)

$2,510.00

Ash removal

Cost of removing ashes already placed in one of our cemeteries. Includes packaging.

$250

Other Fees

Other fees Cost

Transferring burial rights

This fee covers the transferral of the rights of a burial site from one person to another.

$160.00

Saturday surcharge

This fee applies to requests for our services outside of regular weekday business hours (which are 9am to 3pm, Mon to Fri).

$500.00

Religious special request surcharge

This fee applies to requests for expediated services, for religious reasons only.

$190.00

Application for exhumation

Please contact us