Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will issue The Exclusive Right of Burial following the first burial in a grave space, once all fees have been paid. The registered holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial is referred to as the deed holder.


What is the Exclusive Right of Burial?

In purchasing the Exclusive Right of Burial, the deed holder has control over any future internments in the grave space and has the right to apply for a memorial permit.

The ownership of the land remains with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and so the deed holder must comply with all rules and regulations relating to the cemetery.


Deed Holder Details

There may be occasions where we need to write to deed holders in relation to their plot. It is therefore important that we hold their most recent name and address on our records. Deed holders can contact us on 01707 357000 to advise us of a change to their details. We will then provide them with a notification form to be completed and returned.


Why is the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial only for a set period of time?

The law says that graves cannot be sold for more than 100 years at any one time. The law does allow ownership to be renewed or extended and so families are able to keep the grave for as long as they wish.

Some individuals may choose to extend the ownership of their lease before it is due for renewal. We currently offer ten year extensions. For more information please see our Extensions and Renewals page.


Do you allow the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial to be shared?

We allow a maximum of two deed holders. Each deed holder has equal rights and is required to sign the necessary paperwork before we allow the plot to be opened for another internment, or before we authorise a memorial permit.

It can be difficult to get the signature of all deed holders in circumstances where the deed is shared between more than two people. This can cause delays in authorising further internments or memorial permits. To avoid this we have limited deed ownership to be shared between a maximum of two people.


What if the deed holder has died?

If the registered holder is deceased, the Exclusive Right of Burial must be transferred before any burial (other than that of the registered holder) or memorial permit can be approved.

For more information see our page on Transfer of Exclusive Rights of Burial .