We are responsible for the provision and maintenance of 27 cemeteries in the County.
Cemetery Bye Laws
The Laois County Council Bye-Laws 2007 came into effect on 1st November 2007.
The Bye Laws provide for the regulation of Cemeteries in the County of Laois and applies to all Cemeteries under the control or under ownership of Laois County Council, view CEMETERY BYE LAWS 2012
Portarlington Joint Burial Board Bye Laws for St. Michaels Cemetery Portarlington.
Cemetery Registrars are employed for each Council Cemetery with responsibility for sale of plots and the maintenance of the burial ground register.
If you wish to purchase a plot you should contact the Registrar of the appropriate cemetery.
No Tomb, Monument, Vault, Headstone, Tablet or permanent structure of any description or material shall be erected or constructed on any place of burial in the cemetery, unless and until the structure has been approved of, in writing, in the form of a Certificate of Permission by the Council’s Engineer, or such other Officer as the Council shall appoint for this purpose. Permission can be sought by completing the application form for the erection of headstone and kerb.
Cemetery Grant Scheme
We operate a Cemetery Grant Scheme to assist Cemetery Committees and Community Groups to maintain their Local Cemetery.
Due to current financial constraints, grants will only be paid to Category A Cemeteries in 2013.
Grants are allocated in accordance with the following categories:
Category A: Council Cemeteries
Category B: Smaller Council Cemeteries
Category C: Non Council Cemeteries
Category D: Cemeteries no longer in regular use
If you wish to request an Exhumation you should fill in the Exhumation Licence Application Form and remember to enclose relevant death certificate. Please make sure all details are accurate. You should return completed application form to Water Services Department, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
More information on cemeteries in Laois is available from the Heritage section of the website.