Processing of applications for private cemeteries.


Step 1:  Customer submits application to use an area as a private cemetery.

Step 2:  Ministry reviews application and verifies land ownership.

Step 3:  Ministry conducts site visit of proposed area in conjunction with the Environmental Health Department and the Town and Country Planning Department.

Step 4:  Ministry places a notice of the application in one issue of the Gazette and three consecutive issues of a local newspaper. Members of the public may lodge objections within specified timeframe (at least 14 days) of the area being used as a private cemetery. 

Step 5:  Ministry submits recommendation to Minister based on Steps 3 and 4. 

Step 6:  Minister approves application if he is satisfied or refuses application if he is not satisfied.

Step 7:  Ministry communicates decision to customer.


Method of Applying

In person to the Ministry of Health and Social Development

Turn Around Time

8 weeks

Department Contact Information

Ministry of Health and Social Development

Ministry of Health and Social Development
Government of the Virgin Islands
Voronica's House of Commerce
Long Bush, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG 1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-2272 / 2174