Information for memorial masons

Cemetery information and regulations for stonemasons.

The following information has been put together for stonemasons and other masons who produce memorials. 

If there is any doubt about any aspect of size or material of a memorial please consult with the Bereavement Services Officer.


The following words and expressions shall have the meanings as stated below:

Table outlining the various interpretations related to memorial masons

“The Council”

means Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

“The Cemetery”

means the cemetery or burial ground

“The 1977 Order”

means the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

“The Bereavement Services Officer”

means the Council’s manager of the cemeteries and burial grounds

“Official Receipt”

means the official Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council receipt


means a burial place found in the ground by excavation

“Private Grave”

means a grave in which the Exclusive Right of Burial has been purchased

“Lawn Section”

means a section of the cemetery which is grassed and maintained as a lawn

Management of cemeteries

The Council reserves the right to make any changes to these regulations as may from time to time be necessary.

The Council’s cemeteries are managed under the terms of the 1977 Order which forms part of these regulations. 

Control of cemeteries

Subject to these regulations any changes made by the Council, the general management and control of the cemeteries shall be exercised by the Bereavement Services Officer.

All enquiries regarding the Council’s cemeteries should be made to the Bereavement Services Officer whose address and telephone number appears in this booklet. 

Any complaints/comments should be made to the Bereavement Services Officer in writing without delay.

Memorial masons registration scheme

All memorials must be placed by a memorial mason who is a member of the Redcar and Cleveland Memorial Mason Registration Scheme. The scheme is renewed each year.

Grave edgings and chippings

Edging or chippings of any kind are not permitted anywhere on the grave or head row, except in Eston Cemetery and then only on plots W, X, Y, Z, AA, BB, CC and DD. 

Fees and charges

All fees and charges due to the Council, other than those paid on account, must be paid when sending in an application for a memorial. 

Official receipts will be given for fees paid.

Copies of the fees may be obtained from the Bereavement Services Officer. These are updated yearly in April.


A memorial application form should be fully completed and returned to the Bereavement Services Officer with either a computer generated picture of the memorial or a diagram produced on the memorial application form. 

The form is available from the Bereavement Services Office. 

Any inscription in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation in English and countersigned by a responsible person.

All work should be to NAMM/BRAMM standards and all memorial masons should be part of the council’s registration scheme. 

No work must be undertaken on an application until a permit has been received.  This will be issued upon receipt of the appropriate fees.

People working on memorials must produce the permit and their fixer licence(s) on request for the works they are carrying out otherwise the works may be suspended until a permit and fixer licence is produced. 

The correct plot, row and number of the grave space must be clearly cut on the left hand side of the base or alternatively on the back of the memorial on all memorials and vases in characters of not more than 2.5 cm (1 in).

Surplus materials and debris must be removed from the cemetery and the grave space and surrounding area left clean and tidy. 

Once any new work has been completed a certificate of compliance along with the signed permit must be returned to the Bereavement Services office.

Memorials may only be placed upon graves for which the exclusive right of burial has been leased.  

If a deed is not produced upon application please ring the Bereavement Services Office to check for the correct exclusive right of burial holder and whether there is a current lease.

The earliest fixing date after a full interment will be 5/6 months to allow the ground to fully settle.

New kerbstones/edging are not permitted in the cemeteries on new lawn section graves, except in Eston Cemetery and then only on plots W, X, Y, Z, AA, BB. CC and DD. 

Permission will be given for any existing old kerbstones (not lawn graves) to be refitted onto concrete frame foundations.  This must be done to either NAMM or BRAMM standards.

The head rows on these plots will have been extended out by one foot so any memorial placed must be in line with other memorials along the row or placed one foot in from the edge of the lawn row. 

The memorials on these rows will be back to back.  If in any doubt about where to place a memorial please ring the office.

Memorials must be prepared ready for fixing before being taken into the cemetery.  Masons must provide their own tools and equipment for the work.

All work shall be carried out at the sole risk and liability of the person employed or engaged in the work.  

Any damage caused shall be made good to the satisfaction of the Council and/or the owner of the damaged property. 

Any work carried out must be done between the hours of 08:30 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday or 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on a Saturday (with prior consent). 

At least five working days notice must be given to the Bereavement Services Office of the intention to carry out work.

The Council may refuse permission for any memorial of any type or inscription of which it does not approve. 

Dimensions and construction of memorials

Only one memorial stone or vase will be allowed on any one grave space.


Memorials must not exceed 91 cm (3 ft) in height (including the height of the base), 91 cm (3 ft) in width and must be of a thickness between 7.5 cm (3 ins) and 12.5 cm (6 ins). 


The base shall be secured to the foundation stone and must not exceed 91 cm (3 ft) in width and 30 cm (12”) back to front.


The foundation stone must not exceed 7.5 cm (3 ins) in height, 99 cm (3 ft 3 ins) in width and 38 cm (15 ins) back to front.


Vases must not exceed 30 cm (12 ins) in height (including the height of the base), 35 cm (14 ins) in width (including the width the base) and 30 cm (12 ins) back to front.


The base shall be secured to the foundation stone and must not exceed 35 cm (14 ins) in width and 20 cm (8 ins) back to front.


The foundation must not exceed 5 cm (2 ins) in height x 35 cm (14 ins) in width x 20 cm (8 ins) back to front.

Full sized memorials are allowed on the cremated remains sections in Brotton, Guisborough, Loftus and Skelton.  In all other cemeteries the sizes for a vase must not be exceeded.