Crematory Permit Requirements

Does the General Permit apply to me?

The general permit may apply to your human or animal crematory if:

  • Your crematory is fueled by natural gas, propane, or commercial fuel oils which are No. 2 or lighter, and which meet the applicable sulfur requirements for commercial fuel oil.
  • Your crematory has a rated capacity less than 500 pounds per hour.
  • You do not cremate human or animal remains whose weight exceeds 500 pounds including the weight of the container.
  • Stack test data is available from an identical incineration unit within the past 5 years; otherwise you must plan to perform a stack test.
  • Your crematory has an interlock system that ensures you are meeting the work practice standards; or for certain older units, have a written operating procedure.

How do I obtain a permit?

Complete a permit application form, found in DEP's e-library.

If a General Permit will not apply, what should I do next?

If the conditions of the General Permit cannot be met, then you must apply for a Plan Approval before you commence construction and installation of the incinerator.

The Plan Approval application includes the following forms:

In addition, the Plan Approval application will include the required permit fee and proof of notification to the county and municipality where your business is located.

What information will my Plan Approval/Permit Application include?

Be sure to have the following information to successfully fill and complete an application to Pennsylvania DEP:

  • Type of cremation unit (human/animal; new/modified)
  • Number of cremation units, daily burning hours, rated charging capacity (lbs/hr) of each cremation unit.
  • Type of fuel used, fuel usage metered.
  • Make and model of temperature monitor and recorder used in primary and secondary combustion chambers, secondary chamber exit temperature.
  • Information pertaining to the interlock system including firing and cooling rates.
  • Burner capacity, burner make and model.
  • Stack height and stack diameter of exhaust, , demonstration of particulate compliance (on-site stack testing OR EPA reference method stack test performed in last five years on an identical crematory).
  • Residence time calculations showing that the air stays in the secondary chamber for at least one second.