Initially, a family member needs to arrange a funeral by contacting Aylesbury Town Council or the Out of Hours service at weekends. The telephone numbers are as follows:

Office: 01296 425678        Mon-Thurs 8.45am – 5.15pm          Fri 8.45am – 4.45pm

Out of Hours: 07964 360038       Fri 4.45pm – 9.00pm             Sat & Sun 8.00am – 9.00pm

Please note an additional Weekend/Bank Holiday interment fee of £358 for residents and £716 for non-residents will be charged for Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday burials. Please see our schedule of cemetery fees for all other charges.

The death must be registered with the Registrar of Deaths in the district where the death occurred. The Registrar will require a certificate of the cause of death, issued by a Medical Practitioner. The Registrar will issue a Certificate for Burial. The Certificate for Burial (green form) must be handed in to Aylesbury Town Council prior to the burial taking place. The burial cannot take place without the Certificate for Burial.

The above certificate will not be issued in some cases, for example, if the cause of death is not known, if the death was caused by an accident, or if the death was sudden. This may result in the Coroner being involved. If this occurs, the Coroner will issue an alternative certificate, which again, must be passed to Aylesbury Town Council. In this instance, a post-mortem may be required or other investigations (for example, MRI scanning), which may delay the funeral by many days.

Information required to provisionally book a funeral before the burial can proceed.

Funeral date and time – The date and time when the mourners will arrive at the cemetery

Details of the deceased – The name, age and address of the deceased (Please note: double fees are applicable if the deceased did not live in the Parish of Aylesbury Town)

Type of burial – Whether the burial will be in a coffin, casket or shroud

Type of grave – Whether the required grave is earthen or chambered

Person arranging the funeral (Applicant) – Name of family member and their contact details. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all fees are paid in full prior to the burial taking place.

This now completes the provisional booking.

Before the funeral can take place the Burial Booking Form must be completed in full, signed and returned to the Town Council.

Please note you need to complete either the “New Grave” or “Previously Purchased Graves” sections.

This form can be obtained from Aylesbury Town Council or be downloaded here

Signing and submitting the Burial Booking Form completes a binding contract for the funeral to take place on the date and time stated on the form.

We require the Burial Booking Form to be completed and returned to Aylesbury Town Council, Town Hall, 5 Church Street, HP20 2QP, by 10am on the day of the burial Monday to Friday or by noon on weekends (Saturday/Sunday). Otherwise the burial may take place the next day.

 The latest interment on a Saturday or Sunday is at 2pm, unless at the discretion of the Town Clerk.

 No interments will take place on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

 The Burial Booking Form must contain the following information:

Funeral date and time – The date and time when the mourners will arrive at the cemetery

Details of the deceased – The name, age and address of the deceased (Please note: double fees are applicable if the deceased did not live in the Parish of Aylesbury Town)

Type of burial – Whether the burial will be in a coffin, casket or shroud

Type of grave – Whether the required grave is earthen or chambered

Grave size – You will need to provide the coffin/casket size to ensure that an earthen grave is prepared to the correct size or will fit into a chamber

Person arranging the funeral (Applicant) – Name of family member and their contact details. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all fees are paid in full prior to the burial taking place

If a new grave is to be purchased please note the following information is required for the “New Grave” section on the Burial Booking Form: 

Details of the proposed owner of the grave space – The name and address of the person who will be the leaseholder of the grave plot*. If the grave owner is to be different from the applicant please advise on the Burial Booking Form and the relevant paperwork will be sent to the grave owner for signature.

*Please note that only the grave owner(s) may erect and maintain a memorial.

For a burial the following charges will need to be taken into account:

  • New grave fee (for purchasing the Exclusive Right of Burial)
  • Interment Fee (grave preparation)
  • Additional Weekend/Bank Holiday/Late Afternoon Interment Fee (if applicable)

All fees must be paid in advance of the funeral either by cash or bank/credit card, by visiting Town Hall, 5 Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP with the completed Burial Booking Form and by the time stated above. For the current schedule of cemetery fees and charges please click here or contact Aylesbury Town Council.

Please note that it is illegal for us to proceed with the burial until we have the Certificate for Burial or Coroner’s Certificate.

Lowering the deceased

Due to health and safety, webbing is used to lower the coffin. Please note it is not permitted for anyone to be in the grave to assist the lowering of the coffin.

Returning the soil to the grave

In many cases, families wish to return the soil to the grave personally. The staff on site are available to assist or complete this task if requested. Shovels will also be provided. We will not bring in additional soil whilst the public are present nor will we bring in mechanical aids like dumper trucks or excavators.

Help and assistance

Help and assistance is available either at Aylesbury Town Council or via a funeral director. Advice is also available from the Mosque or Community Representatives.