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Purchasing a grave plot

The exclusive rights of burial can be purchased for a full grave plot or a cremation plot for a 30-year period. It is important to note that the right to bury in a grave is purchased and not the land itself, which remains in the ownership of the council.
At the end of the 30 year period the lease may be renewed for a further period. If it is not extended the rights to the grave revert to North Devon Council.
  • the grave may not be opened/re-opened for burial or interment of ashes without your permission
  • members of a family can be buried together
  • a memorial may be fixed on the grave and altered or added to only with your permission

Purchases can take place through your chosen funeral director or through the Bereavement Officer. Please refer to our published charges.

Unpurchased graves

Unpurchased graves represent the least expensive burial option; all you pay for is the funeral.

However, the grave itself remains the property of the council and we may use it to bury other people who want an unpurchased grave.

Please note you will not be allowed to place a memorial on an unpurchased grave and you should not expect to be able to bury another relative in the same grave.


Bereavement officer

Contact for: enquiries, funeral bookings, purchase of exclusive rights of burial, transfer of grave ownership, memorial applications and grave searches.

Bereavement officer
North Devon Council
North Devon Crematorium
Old Torrington Rd
Barnstaple EX31 3NW

Telephone: 01271 345431

Office opening times (excluding bank and public holidays): Monday to Friday - between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm.

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