Headstones and monuments
A permit is required from Taupō District Council prior to the erection of any monument, memorial, foundation, headstone, gravestone or any other structure.
The application for the permit must include a plan of the proposed structure including the dimensions, materials or design, inscriptions or adornments proposed. Council may then grant or refuse permission to erect the structure.
In the areas set aside for cremated remains, the only types of memorial material permitted are:
- floral tributes (except immediately following burial) are restricted to containers that can be housed within the concrete berm or on the memorial.
Dimensions for headstones and plaques
See our guidelines below for the maximum dimensions allowed for headstones and plaques in various locations.
- 950mm(h) x 450mm(d) x 1065mm(w)
- In Turangi and Mangakino, a larger headstone may be approved provided it is in keeping with the character of the cemetery, poses no safety risk and does not extend into the space of another lot.
Opepe Cremation Berm
- 600mm(h) x 350mm(d) x 560mm(w)
Garden of Rest/Pihanga Cremation Berm
- 150mm(h) x 16mm(d) x 230mm(w)
- In the Garden of Rest area, note that only black granite plaques are allowed.
Wreaths, memorabilia and flower receptacles
Floral tributes and wreaths can be placed on a grave for up to three calendar months after burial, after which they will be removed for leveling the grave.
Examples of memorabilia which are not acceptable for display on graves are: plastic or glass bottles, articles of food, clothing and objects of financial value (this is not an exclusive list).
Council retains the right to remove any memorabilia or other tribute that it deems to be unacceptable and/or offensive. Removal of unacceptable items will be carried out in consultation with the family/whanau of the deceased.