Here you will find information on the following:

  • Cemeteries owned by Monmouthshire County Council
  • Contact
  • Exclusive rights to burial
  • Home burials
  • Exhumations

Monmouthshire County Council is a designated “burial authority”. The four open cemeteries that we manage are:

  • Chepstow
  • Llanelly Hill, Abergavenny
  • Llanfoist, Abergavenny
  • Monmouth

We also have responsibility for a closed cemetery at Old Hereford Road.

The Cemetery Service is managed by the Cemeteries Officer,  tel 01873 735852,

For burials in Caldicot please contact The Town Council on 01291 420441.

Please see our 2018-19 cemetery fees and interment forms and burial information

Exclusive rights of burial (ERB)

For every burial in the council’s cemeteries, an exclusive rights of burial (ERB) is issued to an agreed responsible person or persons (usually a family member). This means that the ERB holder has some rights over the grave.

How do I transfer an ERB from one person to another?

There is a variety of reasons why it may be necessary to transfer the exclusive rights of burial. For example, the death of the ERB holder or the holder wishes to renounce their rights.

The way in which the transfer is dealt with can vary considerably depending upon the circumstances. You are therefore asked to contact the relevant community hub for advice.

Home burials

It may be possible to bury loved ones on your own private land, further information can be obtained by contacting your local Environmental Health Officer.


There are occasions when, for a variety of reasons, an exhumation of the deceased may be required.

You may wish to contact your local community hub or a funeral director to guide you through the process.

Permission for all exhumations must be given by the Ministry of Justice. There are exhumation guidelines available.