FOR THE PUBLIC
Arranging a Funeral
You can engage a funeral director to help you with the funeral. A list of funeral directors is given here. Depending on your religion, the funeral ceremonial rites and costs may vary widely. A funeral can be as simple or as elaborate in accordance with the wishes of the deceased or family. The following are some points to consider:
Decide on the location and duration of the funeral wake. Wakes can be held at a funeral parlour, void deck or house for example.
– If you are holding the wake at a Town Council-managed void deck, multi-purpose hall or pavilion, you will need to obtain a permit from your Town Council.
– If you are holding the wake in a private/landed property and need to use part of the road outside, you will need to seek approval from the Land Transport Authority and apply for a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and pay the requisite TOL fee.
– If you are holding the wake in a private/landed property and there is a road closure due to the funeral wake, you will need to get a permit from the Traffic Police (TP) and apply for a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and pay the requisite TOL fee.
– If you are holding the wake in URA car parks, you will need to apply for the use of parking lots from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
– If you need to use State Land managed by SLA for the funeral wake, you will need to apply for a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) from SLA and pay the requisite (TOL) fee.
Please note that if the funeral wake extends more than 7 days after death, prior written permission will have to be sought from the National Environment Agency. Please write to:
National Environment Agency
Environmental Health Department
40 Scotts Road,
Environment Building, #21-00
After cremation, the ashes of the deceased can be stored at home or in a columbarium. Niches are available at the 3 government-managed columbaria and many other private columbaria. You will need to bring your NRIC and the original Death Certificate to book for a niche. Booking of niches in government-managed columbaria can also be done online.
Ashes may also be scattered at sea. The scattering of small amounts of ashes can be carried out at the designated site located about 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of Pulau Semakau. The scattering of ashes can be conducted daily, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information on scattering of ashes, please call the Port Marine Safety Control Centre at telephone number: 6325 2488.