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Cemetery Fees and Information

Adelaide Hills Council can assist with plots for burial as well as the interment of cremated remains at any of the Council's 13 active cemeteries.

Birdwood Cemetery

Adelaide Hills Council manages 13 active cemeteries and has the care and control of three inactive cemeteries throughout the Adelaide Hills. Plots may be available for single, double and triple depth burials as well as positions for the interment of cremated remains.

Council's Cemeteries Officer is available by appointment to assist families with a range of services and enquiries.

Interment rights

A pre-paid interment right can be taken out at any time. Interment rights can be purchased for 50 years, 100 years or in perpetuity.

Council can only take instructions regarding an existing plot from the current interment right holder.

If required, Council can assist with the transfer of existing interment rights.

To apply for a new interment right or to renew an existing interment right, applicants should complete an application form and email to the Council using the email below.

Alternatively, contact the Council and we can assist with completion of the form.


A funeral director will organise the burial with Council and they can assist you in regard to pre-paying for a funeral.

While burial costs cannot be pre-paid to the Council, the Council can assist in guiding you through the process.

To apply for a burial, Funeral Directors must complete the application form below and return to the Council email below. Funeral Directors must also contact the Council's Cemeteries Officer three clear days prior to the burial for confirmation of the booking.

Interment of Cremated Remains

All interments of cremated remains are arranged by appointment with the Council.

To apply for an interment of cremated remains, complete the application form below and return to the Council email below. Council's Cemeteries Officer will contact you to finalise arrangements. Council can assist with purchase of a bronze plaque and granite pedestal for garden positions or a bonze plaque for the niche wall. Upon delivery of the plaque, we will need at least 2 weeks notice to schedule the interment.

Selected areas allow for the choice of a small single or double granite memorial, which families can arrange through a Monumental Mason, subject to Council's approval (size restrictions apply).

For interments into niche walls, we require the cremated remains to be delivered to Council at least one week prior to the interment.

Application for burial or interment of cremated remains

To apply for a Burial or Interment of Cremated Remains, you must complete the Application for Burial or Interment of Cremated Remains form and return to Council email below.

Alternatively, we can assist with completion of the form.

Burials outside of cemeteries

Council may grant permission for a burial of bodily remains on private land outside metropolitan Adelaide and outside the boundary of a township, in accordance with subsection 8(2) of the Burial and Cremation Act 2013.

Applicants should refer to Council's Burials Outside Cemeteries Policy and SA Health information about burial of human remains on private property before completing an application for burial.


Memorials for burial plots and any restoration works are arranged through a Monumental Mason who will apply to Council for approval and a permit to undertake work on the site.

Memorials are the personal property of the person who holds the Interment Right for the site and it is their responsibility to maintain any memorial in a safe condition during the term of the interment right, in accordance with Part 3, Division 4 of the Burial and Cremation Act 2013.

For further information regarding the supply and management of memorials, please refer to Council's Memorial’s within Council Cemeteries Policy.

Fees and charges

Please refer to the Council's fees schedule for all applicable fees and charges.

Interment rights will not be charged for new or renewed burial plots in Adelaide Hills Council owned and managed cemeteries for those people who have received the distinguished services medals Victoria Cross, Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and Royal Red Cross.

More information

Our office is happy to assist where possible. Please contact the Cemeteries Officer on the details below.

For further information, please also refer to Council's Cemetery Operating Policy below and the Burial and Cremation Act 2013 and Regulations.

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