Crematory Operations

Crematory operations (human and/or animal) may be eligible for coverage under the registration permit if the facility is comprised of only the following:

  • Crematory incinerator(s);
  • Processing station;
  • Sources specific to the cremation process; and
  • Sources exempt under S.C. Regulation 61-62.1, Section II(B).
  • The crematory incinerator must be one such that most of the necessary equipment required for cremation is sold in one package.
  • Field assembly should be minimal; the unit should be pre-tested, pre-plumbed, and pre-wired at a factory.
  • The unit shall be of the controlled atmosphere design, consisting of a primary chamber, secondary chamber, controls, burners, and/or refractory lined stacks.
  • Details of the unit's volumes, dimensions, and other requirements shall be accessible through manufacturer's data, maintenance manuals, and/or operating instructions.

See an interactive map of crematory operations.

Frequently Asked Questions for Crematory Operations


Registration Permit

  • A newly constructed crematory incinerator must provide a copy of a stack test performed on an identical unit, a similar unit to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis or do a source test on the newly constructed crematory;
  • Each crematory incinerator is allowed to use natural gas, propane, diesel, or a Department approved fuel;
  • The combined rated heat input of each crematory incinerator’s primary and secondary chambers shall be less than 10 million BTU/hr;
  • The crematory incinerator(s) shall only process human or animal remains and associated materials. The incinerator(s) shall not process Hospital / Medical / Infectious Waste as defined in Regulation 61-62.1, Section I including but not limited to: 
  • A crematory incinerator located at an agricultural facility and used solely for agricultural cremation does not qualify for coverage under this registration permit; and
  • Facility is a true minor source.

Copy of the Permit

Copies are provided for use by facilities that have already been granted coverage by the Bureau. Download and use of these permits does not constitute coverage.

How Do I Apply for the Registration Permit?

In order to request coverage under the Registration Permit download, complete, and submit the Registration Permit Application for Crematory Operations found below.


*If the operations covered by construction permits are located in one of the eight coastal counties of the Coastal Zone under DHEC-OCRM's jurisdiction (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper), then a coastal zone consistency certification may be required.

For more information, please contact: Lance Davis - (803) 898-7220


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