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.

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.


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