Laois County Council are responsible for the provision and maintenance of 27 cemeteries in the County.

Cemetery Bye Laws

The Laois County Council Bye-Laws 2022 came into effect on 28th November 2022. 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. Click here to read about Cemetery Bye-Laws.

Application Form for right of Burial

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Application for entry to the Register of Independent Cemetery Contractors as
provided for in Section 39 of the Laois County Council (Cemetery) Byelaws 2022

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To see the Register of Approved Independent Cemetery Contractors, click here


Cemetery Registrars
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. Contact details for each Cemetery Registrar can be found  here


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.

Application for Erection of Headstone


Cemetery Grant Scheme

Laois County Council operates a Cemetery Grant Scheme to assist Cemetery Committees and Community Groups to maintain their Local Cemetery.


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.

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