Only a monumental mason who is approved by the cemeteries coordinator can undertake work associated with any monument in a cemetery.


Arrangements for a headstone are made by the family through a monumental mason(external link). The monumental mason will liaise with the Christchurch City Council to confirm the burial plot and apply for the necessary permit.

Memorial companies

Decra Art
(03) 366 3932

L Robertson Memorials
(03) 366 5630

Monumental work

The owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial, or in lieu of the owner the immediate next of kin (or their agent), may give permission for a monument to be erected, or for wording to be added to an existing monument.

An Application for Monumental Work Permit is required for any work being undertaken in a Council cemetery.  The Monumental Mason applies for the permit on behalf of the Right of Burial owner or family.

In closed Cemeteries a Resource Consent is required before any work can be undertaken on monuments (including concrete kerbing or coverings). Once Resource Consent is approved, an application can be made to the Cemeteries Coordinator for a permit for monumental work.

Installation for monuments

All monuments including headstones and plaques are to be constructed in accordance with NZS 4242:1995.

Monument maintenance

Maintenance is the responsibility of the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial or their representative and monuments must be kept in good repair.  The Council does not take any responsibility for damage or vandalism to any monument.

Removal of monuments or memorials from cemeteries or graves

No person (including family and Monumental Masons) may remove from any plot or grave, any kerb or monument unless they have permission from the Cemeteries Administrator.

Details on the specifications of monuments for individual cemeteries is available in Section 8 of the Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Handbook 2013 [PDF, 2.3 MB].