Register your new or existing mortuary or funeral home here.

Funeral homes must be registered and inspected on an annual basis, and comply with a number of legal requirements including: 

The Health (Registration of premises) Regulations 1966

Health (Burial) Regulations 1946 

Before applying for a registration certificate, check if you also need:

Food registration

Your proposed business must comply with the Food Act 2014.  If you intend to prepare and sell food, you will need to register as a food business. Details on how to apply can be found on the food page.

Resource consent

Your proposed business must comply with District Plan rules. We recommend getting in touch with our planning team to discuss any requirements by phoning 0800 732 732 or emailing general@southlanddc.govt.nz.

Find out more about resource consents.

Building consent

Your proposed business must comply with the Building Act 2004. We recommend getting in touch with our building team to discuss your project and clarify any requirements by phoning 0800 732 732 or emailing building-cs@southlanddc.govt.nz.

Further details are available on the building services page.

Here is a checklist of our requirements:

One year unless withdrawn earlier by Council.  If the licence holder wants to continue use of the area after the expiry date, a renewal is to be applied for prior to expiry.

Fees for other registered premises are available here.

A full schedule of Southland District Council’s fees and charges is available here fees and charges page.

The first inspection is carried out prior to trade starting and the issue of a registration certificate, and yearly thereafter.

For advice on registering a new funeral home or making changes to an existing business please contact the health team by email health@southlanddc.govt.nz or phone on 0800 732 732.

To contact our other teams Food, Planning, Building, and Water and Waste email general@southlanddc.govt.nz or phone 0800 732 732.