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Get guidance on how to open a mortuary or funeral director business.
Mortuaries and funeral directors must be registered and comply with a number of legal requirements, including:
Before you apply, we recommend you:
Contact our Environmental Health team to discuss your licensing requirements
Contact a duty planner to check if it is permitted to operate a Mortuary or Funeral Director at the proposed address. Please note, prior to issue of your Mortuary or Funeral Director registration certificate, we will need confirmation that you have either;
Applied for and been issued a resource consent (if needed), or
Your proposed Mortuary or Funeral Director location and activity is permitted under the District Plan.
Be familiar with the Health (Burial) Regulations 1946. This sets out of the legal requirements you need to comply with.
Contact one of our Building Officers to check whether a building consent is needed.
Please note, prior to issue of your Mortuary or Funeral Director registration certificate, we will need confirmation that you don’t need a consent or have applied for and been issued either a Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC) or Certificate of Public Use (CPU).
Contact our Trade Waste Officer to discuss any requirements under the Trade Waste Bylaw.
Complete the form below, pay the fee and submit your application using the following instructions:
How to pay your fees:
Via online banking: 02 0948 0002000 00. Please ensure you add the identifying number, which can be found on the registration certificate (FD##), as a reference. This will ensure the correct allocation of fees. If you're a new business, please include your trading name.
In person at any Council office. We accept cash, cheque, eftpos, Mastercard or Visa.
How to submit your application
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also drop off your completed application at any of our Council offices.
Please note, a pre-opening inspection will be completed prior to the issue of a registration certificate.
As part of any Mortuary registration, we'll assess your application against all the requirements of Section 21 of the Health (Burial) Regulations 1946. If these are met, a ‘Certificate of Fitness’ will be issued as part of the registration certificate.
Once you receive your registration certificate you must clearly display it in a public part of the premises.Close
If you're taking over existing premises, you'll need to apply for a transfer within 14 days of taking over the business.
After 14 days, the existing registration will lapse and you cannot transfer it into your name.
If the business is not registered, you need to apply for a new registration.
Transfer the registration into your name by completing and submitting the above Mortuary or Funeral Director registration form and pay the transfer fee.Close
The annual registration period for Mortuary’s or Funeral Director’s is 1 April - 31 May each year.
We'll send you a renewal application form and annual registration fee invoice before your expiry date.Close
New Mortuary or Funeral Director Registration and Renewal fee: $258 (GST Incl.)
Transfer of registration: $55Close
Name Address Date of Registration Status Southern Lakes Funerals 1076 Frankton Road Queenstown Registered 1 May 2019
Expires 31 May 2020
Registered for Funeral Service and Mortuary