Application for Permit to Remove/ Exhume Remains

Applicant should complete Form FEHB148 and make application in person in our Cemetery and Crematorium office in at Hung Hom or Happy Valley.

In case of removal/ exhumation of human remains in private cemeteries, the applicants have to produce documents to prove that such permissions have been obtained from the management of the cemetery concerned.

In dealing with applications for removal / exhumation in public cemeteries, if the applicants are not the original persons approved to bury the human remains (the original applicants), the applicants should produce documentary proof to show that they are the legal personal representatives or the next of kins of the persons whose remains are to be exhumed, or the duly authorised agents of such legal personal representatives or next of kins. The term "next of kin" means the "closest living relative", generally refers to the closeness in descending order, including the living spouse, adult son / daughter, parent, adult sibling, parent-in-law, son/daughter-in-law, or a direct descendant from the paternal or maternal family. Except for the aforesaid persons, applications from those other persons who prove to have a proper interest in the removal / exhumation of the human remains may be considered. Applicants have to give their reasons for making such applications with supporting documents and make declarations. Should the application be accepted after considering all reasons as well as the related supporting documents, the permit for removal / exhumation will be issued within 14 working days.

If the Department casts doubt on the reasons of application or the validity of the supporting documents, the original applicant will be contacted by all practical means such as by letter to the last known address and by telephone. If no reply is received, a notice will be posted on the grave concerned once during each of the forthcoming Ching Ming and Chung Yeung Festivals, requesting the original applicant to contact the Department within one month from the date of the respective festival. If the original applicants do not reply within the specified period, the Department will consider the applications after obtaining the relationship between the applicants and the interred, and inform the applicants the result of applications within 14 working days. When the applicants fail to in locate the original applicants, they should state their reasons for failing to do so with documentary proof of their genuine effort to locate the original applicants (e.g. publications in newspapers, etc).