Legal Steps for Private Burial

FOR DEATH OCCURRING IN COLORADO: 

Pre-Burial

  1. The funeral director or person acting as such shall complete a Delta County Request for Private Burial form and a Death Registration Worksheet and return these completed forms to the local office of vital statistics: 
    1. County Clerk and Recorder (Delta), 501 Palmer St. #211, Delta, CO, 970-874-2150.  Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    2. County Clerk and Recorder (North Fork Annex), 196 W. Hotchkiss Ave. Hotchkiss, CO 81419, 970-872-1207. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm .
    3. County Coroner (if Clerk’s office is not open), 682A 1725 Road, Delta, CO, 970-874-5918. Available 24/7. (Calls outside of business hours go through County dispatch.).

For Burial

  1. The local office of vital statistics will issue a Disposition Permit and an Affidavit of Private Burial form to the funeral director or person acting as such. 
  2. The funeral director or person acting as such completes the bottom portion of the Disposition Permit along with the Affidavit of Private Burial as required by Colorado Revised Statute 25-2-111 to the local office of vital statistics. 

Post-Burial

  1. The Disposition Permit will need to be signed by a deputy registrar and the Affidavit of Private Burial will be recorded into the records of the Delta County Clerk and Recorder. There is a recording fee of $13.00 when filing the Affidavit of Private Burial. 
  2. The funeral director or person acting as such will be given the signed Disposition Permit and the recorded Affidavit of Private Burial for the land owner’s records. 

NOTE: The funeral director or person acting as such is responsible for ensuring the remains are properly embalmed or refrigerated if disposition does not occur within 24 hours.