Greenock Crematorium

Cremators replacement works - Starts Friday 7 October 2022

Work will begin on Friday 7 October 2022 to replace the cremators at Greenock Crematorium with disruption expected.

The project, which also includes an extension to the building and other associated upgrade, is expected to last through until 2023.

To allow for the work to take place, the crematorium will be closed for cremations on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, with no cremations taking place on these days until further notice.

Services will still take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, although there will be a maximum number that can take place each day.

The existing cremators were installed in 1996 and now require to be replaced with new ones, which will also be kinder to the environment.

The council has contacted funeral directors, arrangers and clergy to make them aware of the arrangements during the works.


Office hours

Please note, from Monday 5 December the Crematorium Office opening hours will be as follows:-

  • Monday to Thursday: 08:30 - 16:00
  • Friday: 08:30 - 15:30
  • Saturday: 08:30 - 11:45

Bookings can be made during these opening hours.

Please note, the office is closed for lunch from 12.15 to 13.00 Monday to Friday. 


Cremation Service times

Cremation Services are available hourly as follows:

Monday - Friday: 09:00; 10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 13:.00; 14:00; 15:00

Saturday: 09:.00; 10:00; 11:00

Please note that Greenock Crematorium is closed for public holidays on:

25 & 26 December
01 & 02 January
Good Friday
Easter Monday
May Day Monday

Application Forms for Cremation

From 4th April 2019, if you wish Inverclyde Council to carry out a cremation, you must make an application on the appropriate form.  Refer to the list below and download the relevant Application Form and Guidance Notes from the Documents section on the left side of this page.

Form A1:    Application for cremation of an adult or a child

Help A1:     Guidance Notes for completing Form A1

Form A2:    Application for cremation of a stillborn baby

Help A2:     Guidance Notes for completing Form A2

Form A3:    Application for cremation following a pregnancy loss

Help A3:     Guidance Notes for completing Form A3

Form A4:    Application for cremation of pregnancy loss by a health authority or body - shared or individual cremation

Form A5:    Application for cremation of an adult or a child (by a local authority)

Help A5:     Guidance Notes for completing Form A5

Form A6:    Application for cremation of body parts following a hospital arranged post mortem examination or whole body/body parts donated for anatomical examination

Form A7:    Application for cremation of body parts donated in Scotland for anatomical examination or teaching before the commencement of the Anatomy Act 1984 (as amended by the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (14 February 1988))

You should use the relevant Guidance Notes to help you complete the appropriate Application Form.

Refer to the Form Submission Options (also in the Documents section on the left side of this page) to help you to choose the method of completion and submission that suits you.

As the cremation authority, Inverclyde Council will check the form to make sure it contains all of the necessary information.  Missing information or information that is not accurate may result in the cremation being delayed or refused.  If this form has not been completed correctly or is incomplete, the cremation authority will contact you to complete the form before the cremation can take place.

As the person who is applying for the cremation, you are ‘the applicant’.  You must have the legal right to apply for the cremation.  If you are unsure about any of the information that is required, or are not sure what any part of the form means, you read the guidance notes or  speak to the funeral director who is making the arrangements, staff at the crematorium, or to any other person who is arranging the funeral.

If you require information about cremation services, please contact Greenock Crematorium (refer to Contacts section of the page).

Follow the Related Link to the Charging Booklet for current costs.

Return of ashes to Cremation Authority by Funeral Director

Where a funeral director, in accordance with instructions from the applicant, has removed ashes/cremated remains from Greenock Crematorium and has subsequently been unable to obtain further instructions from the applicant, the ashes/cremated remains can be returned to Greenock Crematorium.  The Funeral Director should complete the appropriate form (available to download on left side of page) and submit this along with the ashes/cremated remains.  Please refer to the instructions that accompany the form to ensure that this process has been followed in relation to the timescales set out in regulation.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance at Greenock Crematorium is open to view during normal opening hours. No appointment is required. 

For more information, call the Crematorium Office on 01475 715658.