Lair purchase and service charges

Information about restrictions, certificates and fees

Exclusive Right of Burial (Title Deed or Lair certificate)

You will be issued with an Exclusive Right of Burial (Title Deed or Lair certificate) when you buy a lair. This certificate gives the lair holder the right for him or herself to be buried within the allocated lair.

Others may also be buried in the lair only at the request of the lair holder, and with permission from the Council.

The land ownership remains with Stirling Council.

See the Conditions of use for Cemeteries

If the lair has not been used after 100 years or transferred to any other family member, the Council can end the Exclusive Right of Burial. This would be done after appropriate checks and measures have been carried out.

Applications to Purchase a Lair  should be submitted to the Cemeteries service with the appropriate payment. Title Deeds/Lair certificate will be issued to the applicant approximately 2 weeks from receipt of application.

Current cemeteries with restrictions

You can only buy the Exclusive Right of Burial in advance in cemeteries where there is enough land resource available.

Current cemeteries with restrictions:

  • Bannockburn
  • Strathblane
  • Blairdrummond
  • Callander
  • Logie
  • St Thomas Cemetery

In cemeteries that have enough land, lairs will be allocated in rotation, at the discretion of the Stirling Council. Lair capacity is not guaranteed as each cemetery has different ground conditions.


  • Interment fee (18 years and over):  £1242.40
  • Interment of cremated remains: £336.30
  • Interment fee NVF (non-viable foetuses), Stillborn babies and ages 0 – 17 years: No charge
  • Lair purchase (Including certificate and foundation) (Ages 0 and 17 Years): No Charge
  • Lair charge (Including certificate and foundation) : £956.50
  • Lair charge, cremated remains only: £482.20
  • Lair charge, woodland burial: £749.70
  • Lair certificate fee: £51.50

Columbarium cremated remains internment:

Length Compartments Charge
10 years 1 £356.70
10 years 2 £709.00
20 years 1 £508.70
20 years  2 £1,017.50

Memorial registration: £73.90 (includes issue of permit)

Installation of a memorial foundation: £342.70

Genealogy search

Exhumation order: Dependant on tasks to be carried out.

If your Title deed/Lair certificate has been lost or damaged you can apply for a duplicate by applying to the Cemeteries service with the appropriate payment.

Duplicate and transfer of certificate

Title Deeds/Lair certificates can be transferred if the original lair holder has passed away. Applicants should consult with all other beneficiaries to seek consent to the transfer. Applications should be submitted with the appropriate payment to the Cemeteries service.

Only one person can be recorded as having the exclusive right of burial in a lair. These can not be sold or transferred without written approval from the Council. It is an offence to sell a lair to anyone other than the Council.

The Council may buy back unused lairs at the original purchase price (deducting the cost of the original Title deed/Lair certificate issue). To transfer the lair back to the Council you should write to the Cemeteries service and enclose your original documents.

Lair sizes

Lairs for stillborn babies and non-viable foetuses are available at St Thomas Cemetery and Bannockburn Cemetery. These are free of charge.