Memorial placement

When a person buys a grave, the ground remains under the ownership and responsibility of Fife Council. By implementing the Burial Grounds and Crematoria rules, everyone can have easy access to graves.

Due to settlement which occurs during the first few weeks, we do not permit headstones to be erected within the first 12 weeks following a burial.  When you are ready to arrange for a headstone to be erected you must apply for permission from Fife Council.  An application form can be printed off from the publications section and posted to the address at the bottom of this page.  Alternatively, you can obtain an application form from a memorial mason.

The Form should be signed by the Lair Holder or their rightful successor and the rest of the form completed by the memorial mason.  Once submitted to Fife Council, we will check the information is correct then arrange for a concrete foundation to be installed to nationally recognised standards for headstones.  A permit will be issued to the memorial mason once the foundation is ready for the headstone to be erected on.

There are fees that are applicable for the erection of a headstone.  They are: 

Permission to Erect a Monument

(No foundation required)


Foundations (VAT not applicable)

(Permission and new foundation)


Foundation Only

(replacement foundation for existing headstone -  permission already obtained)


The following points should help explain what type of memorabilia is permitted in front of a headstone:

  • Enclosed fences / kerbs should not exceed 8 inches from the front of the base of the headstone.
  • Items within this specified area (within 8 inches from the front of the base of the headstone) do comply with regulations.
  • Items of memorabilia should not be displayed outside this specified area.
  • Large items and fences / kerbs that are deemed to be unauthorised will not be removed without first contacting grave owners / family members.
  • Fife Council urges anyone who wishes to put up larger commemorative items (such as solar lights or fences) to seek guidance from Bereavement Services beforehand.

These rules refer to the newer graves in our cemeteries where there is a headstone but no kerbing. The rules on memorials don’t apply to ‘traditional’ graves which include kerbs that are an integral part of the headstone and run the full length of the grave. These are most often found in older parts of our cemeteries.

Click here to download the full Management Rules for Regulation of Burial Grounds & Crematoria.

Where there are extensive items of memorabilia, it can make it difficult for staff to operate and run the cemetery. These items may also intrude onto other adjoining graves, making it difficult to care and maintain them. Bereavement Services understand that some families will find removing items difficult. Our staff are always on hand to offer help and advice. Any work that we may carry out will always be done as sympathetically as possible.

Bereavement Services Central
Tel: 01592 583524
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services East
Tel: 01334 659336
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Bereavement Services West
Tel: 01383 602335
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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