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Arranging a funeral or cremation. What are the important rules?

  • A burial or cremation may not take place earlier than 36 hours and no later than 6 working days after the death.
  • The funeral director, or someone else, must register the death. This must be done at the municipality where the person died.
  • The municipality of the deceased person gives you permission to bury or cremate the deceased. This is called permission.

You need a registration number associated with the deceased. The funeral director or someone else must hand in this number and the permission at the funeral or cremation.

Are you a funeral director?

You book the funeral yourself. Log in via the web agenda. The agenda is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Don’t have login details yet? Send an email to vergunningen@leeuwarden.nl.

Are you a funeral director outside the region, or do you want to arrange it yourself?

Download one of the following forms and send it to begraafplaatsen@leeuwarden.nl. We will contact you as soon as possible.

Arrange a cremation

The City of Leeuwarden does not have a municipal crematorium. There is a private crematorium in the municipality. For more information on this subject or to arrange a cremation, please contact a crematorium or funeral home.

Bury, inter and scatter ashes

Bury or inter an ash container

There are 7 municipal cemeteries where people can be buried or where you can inter an ash container:

  • the Noorder cemetery and the Huizumer cemetery in Leeuwarden
  • the cemeteries in Grou, Jirnsum, Reduzum, Warten and Wergea

Urn niches

The Noorder cemetery and the cemeteries in Grou, Warten and Reduzum have urn niches. Here you can place an ash container.

Scatter ashes

This is allowed on the scattering field of the Noorder cemetery.

Do you want to inter an ash container or scatter ashes?

In that case, in addition to a death certificate form, you also need a cremation certificate. You will receive this certificate at the crematorium. The moment you also get the ash container.

More information?

  • More information can be found on the following pages on this website:
    • Grave coverings
      The City of Leeuwarden maintains the general cemeteries. As a rightful claimant, you contribute to this. Certain conditions and rules are attached to grave coverings and their maintenance.
    • Burial rights
      Issuing, renewing, overwriting, relinquishing grave rights. Looking for legal and interested parties.
    • Cemeteries
      Address and opening hours of municipal cemeteries. Search graves.


Number Burial/ash delivery Charges
2.1 Monday to Friday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
2.1.1 Adult € 1,088.21 Adult 2nd layer € 1,632.31
2.1.2 Child from 1 to 12 years € 544.10 Child from 1 to 12 years 2nd layer € 816.15
2.1.3 child up to 1 year as well as stillbirth € 272.05 Child up to 1 year as well as stillborn 2nd layer € 408.07
2.1.4 Fetus (less than 24 weeks) € 136.02 Fetus (less than 24 weeks) 2nd layer € 204.03
2.2 Monday to Friday between 10 am and 3 pm
2.2.1 Placing an urn in a grave € 544.10
2.2.2 Placing an urn in an urn niche € 272.05
2.2.3 Placing an urn in a grave € 136.02
2.2.4 Scattering of ashes € 136.02
2.3 On Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 10:00 am and between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm and on Saturday between 10:00 am and
12:00 pm, the rate is 150% of the rate as stated under 2.1
2.4 On Sundays and public holidays, on Mondays to Fridays outside 8:00 pm and 6:00 pm or on Saturdays outside 10:00 am
and 12:00 pm, the rate is 225% of the rate as stated under 2.1
2.5 For each simultaneous burial/interment in the same grave, the rate is 50% of the rate under 2.1, 2.2
of 2.3
2.6 Burial in the third layer (one-off additional costs per grave) € 1,088.21


Number Miscellaneous Charges
5.1 Carrying out work at the cemetery per employee
5.1.1 Monday to Friday between 08 am and 4.30 pm  € 83.49
5.1.2 Outside the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday hourly € 125.25
5.2.1 Commemorative plaque on the column of the Noorderbegraafplaats scattering field (for 20 years) € 318.33
5.2.2 Nameplate on grave (for a maximum of the term of the burial right) € 52.94
5.2.3 Natural stone cover plate on niche in urn wall (for a maximum of the term of the burial right) € 318.33
5.3 Burial vault permit € 1,900.79
5.4.1 Transcribing private graves in a designated register per grave € 33.05
5.4.2 Providing a duplicate certificate of the right to bury per grave € 33.05
5.5 Use mobile sound system at a time € 42.11
5.6 Provide a bucket of sand at the funeral € 12.50


Number Aula’s Noorder- en Huizumer cemetery Charges
6.1 Use auditorium
6.1.1 first half hour € 168.58
6.1.2 second and every subsequent half hour, per half hour € 84.24
6.2 CD recording of the funeral service € 42.11

Laws and regulations

The following regulations can be found on the website Overheid.nl (local):

  • Municipal Cemeteries Management Regulation.
  • Municipal Cemeteries Implementation Decree.
  • Burial Rights Ordnance.