Licence to Conduct a Crematorium - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a crematorium. A crematorium is any building, place, or premises designed for the cremation of human remains.

Crematorium licences can only be granted to the following organisations:

  • the board or controlling authority of a cemetery
  • an incorporated association, established for the purpose of cremation, which has been certified by the Chief Health Officer of Western Australia.

A licence will only be granted after the Western Australian Department of Health thoroughly inspects and approves the premises. Once a licence is granted, the holder must ensure that the crematorium is maintained correctly.

If you are approved for this licence and plan to build a crematorium, your licence will not come into force until a compliance certificate is issued by the Chief Health Officer.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be the controlling authority of a cemetery or a certified organisation
  • have sufficient authority to use the site or proposed site
  • have the necessary buildings, equipment and tools for the effective and respectful cremation of human bodies or be intending to construct a crematorium
  • demonstrate to the Chief Health Officer that the premises or proposed premises satisfies the design criteria
  • provide public notice of your intention to apply for this licence for 8 weeks before an application is submitted.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

As a holder of a crematorium licence, you must:

  • maintain the crematorium in good condition and working order
  • kept the crematorium clean and sanitary
  • employ the required number of attendants to ensure the crematorium is well maintained
  • be prepared for an inspection by the Chief Health Officer at any time
  • comply with any and all directions of the Chief Health Officer
  • notify the Chief Health officer within 24 hours after a cremation is carried out
  • keep a register of all cremations carried out on site.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Application for a Licence to Use and Conduct a Crematorium - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

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Additional information

A certificate of compliance must be granted within 1 year of a licence being issued.

The Chief Health Officer from the Department of Health must be satisfied that your proposed crematorium can operate in a respectful and inoffensive manner.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Public Health
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate

Act(s) name

Cremation Act 1929 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Cremation Regulations 1954 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Principal Medical Officer, Regulatory Support Unit
Department of Health
Public Health
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate

Operating address:
2nd Floor, B Block
189 Royal Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004


02 9222 2295

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