There is no legal right to place a memorial in a churchyard. Permission must be obtained from the Chancellor of the diocese, acting on behalf of the bishop.
The normal method of applying for permission for a memorial would be to apply for a Faculty (see Faculty Applications). However, this is rarely necessary, because the Chancellor has given authority to local clergy, through the Diocesan Churchyard Regulations, to allow memorials which fall within the guidelines set out in the Regulations.
For cases falling outside the Regulations, there is a simplified procedure for applying to the Chancellor for permission to introduce a memorial into a churchyard.
A memorial application form and further information can be found on the links below: