When to Apply

A valid Funeral Establishment Permit issued by the Board of Funeral Services is required to open or operate a funeral establishment in Delaware. This permit is in addition to any business license issued by the Division of Revenue.

Use these instructions to file an application for a(n):

  • Initial permit for a new Funeral Establishment
  • New permit for a previously licensed Funeral Establishment that is relocating
  • New permit for a previously licensed Funeral Establishment that has changed ownership

Requirements

  • Enclose non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to "State of Delaware."
  • Enclose a copy of your Delaware Division of Revenue business license for the establishment.

Reporting Changes

File a new Application for Funeral Establishment Permit when these events occur:

  • Ownership of previously licensed funeral establishment changes (even if name remains the same).
  • Funeral establishment that was previously licensed moves to a new location.

File a Funeral Establishment Permit Change Request form to report the following events. Use this form only when neither of the events that requires a new application, listed above, has also occurred. No fee is required with this request form.

  • The funeral establishment’s name, not its ownership, changes.
  • The managing Funeral Director of the funeral establishment changes.