When you want to erect a new memorial or add an inscription to an existing memorial in a churcyard there is usually a fee to pay. Here is a list of the updated Church of England Fees for 2016.
When erecting a memorial in a churchyard, there is usually a memorial permit fee which must be paid when applying for a permit. For cemeteries, there is usually a fee which varies in amount. You will need to contact the individual cemetery or parish council for more information.
Small cross of wood £40
Small vase not exceeding 305mm x 203mm x 203mm (12” x 8” x 8”) or tablet, plaque or other marker commemorating a person whose remains have been cremated £67
Any other monument (this includes a headstone) £128
(the above fees include the approval of the original inscription by the incumbent)
Additional inscription on existing monument £25
Permitted in accordance with rules, regulations or directions made by the Chancellor of the diocese, including those relating to a particular churchyard or part of a churchyard (but excluding a monument authorized by a particular faculty, the fee for which is set by the Chancellor)
The cheque should usually be made payable to the PCC or DCC but it is worth checking with the vicar before sending it off.
Here is a link to the full Church of England Fees table.
For information on the regulations for your individual church, the best website to start with is a website called A Church Near You. Once you have searched for the church, you can then find contact details for the vicar and also find out what diocese the church is part of. If the vicar does not have a set of churchyard regulations, then the diocese will be able to help. It is worth asking the vicar first as sometimes individual churches have local rules which are more stringent than those set out by the Diocese.
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