Ministry of Justice

Burials

City of London Cemetery

Burial grounds, memorials and the burial and exhumation of human remains are regulated under burial legislation in the interests of public health and the decent and respectful treatment of the dead.


We decide applications for exhumation licences, regulate the removal of human remains from disused burial grounds and consider applications for the closure of churchyards. We provide advice on burial law and practice for the public and for burial professionals, but are not for responsible for enforcing burial legislation.

The legislation is currently under review to ensure that it meets the needs of modern society.