Get a licence for a burial at sea in England
Apply for this licence
Start nowon the Marine Management Organisation service
You can apply for a marine licence to bury someone at sea:
- off The Needles, Isle of Wight
- between Hastings and Newhaven
- off Tynemouth, North Tyneside
You can also propose a new site when you make your application. You’ll need to supply coordinates and evidence to demonstrate that the site is suitable for burials at sea.
You’ll be responsible for ensuring the coffin is built to the correct specifications.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has the right to inspect the body and coffin before a burial at sea.
You don’t need a licence or permission to scatter ashes at sea following a cremation.
Documents you’ll need
When you apply you must include:
- the death certificate
- a Certificate of Freedom from Fever and Infection (available from the dead person’s GP or hospital doctor)
- a notice of intention to remove a body out of England (available from the Coroner in exchange for a Certificate of Disposal provided by the Registrar)
Applications are published on MMO’s public register.
You can make an application for a licence to bury someone at sea before they die to reduce delays. You’ll still need to send the relevant documents to MMO before the burial can take place.
A licence costs £175.
Burial at sea in Scotland
Contact the Burial, Cremation and Death Certification Team to find out about sea burials.
Burial, Cremation and Death Certification Team
3E St Andrews House