Headstones and Monuments

All construction in Shoalhaven Cemeteries must be in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4204-2019 Headstones and Monuments, AS 4425-2020 Above-Ground Burial Structures, Shoalhaven City Council’s Cemeteries, Crematoria and Memorial Gardens Policy and Funerary and Monument/Masonry Services Procedure.

Any person wanting to carry out work, however minor, on a grave in a Cemetery must have the written approval of Shoalhaven City Council. Licensed Monument Masons who are already approved and authorised to work in Shoalhaven cemeteries can be found here

Before one of the above licensed Monument Mason can commence work in a Cemetery they must:

  • Submit a completed Grave Improvement Application accompanied by the current fee listed in the Council's Fees and Charges. The application fee is not refundable should the application be refused.
  • Include scaled drawings of all elements of the proposed construction which must meet the applicable Australian Standard.
  • Only commence work when the approved Work Permit has been issued and has been received by the Monument Mason.

For more information contact Monumental Masons Association of New South Wales

For burial locations that only allow for a plaque commemoration, please visit the Memorial Plaque Design page. It provides links to view available motif designs and assistance for when you are writing an inscription.