Orlando, Florida

Scattering Cremated Remains in Florida

There are no state laws in Florida prohibiting the scattering of ashes.

Secure permission from the land owner when considering scattering cremated remains on private property.

The Florida Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services states on their web site that ashes can be spread on any Florida lands, but not in any Florida fresh waters.

We have been unable to find the laws that prohibit scattering in fresh waters. The Florida Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services has indicated that they are relying on information from the State Department of Environmental Protection, however, there appears to be no laws controlling fresh water scattering and there has been no response to our inquiry.

Scattering remains on bodies of water in national parks requires permission from the chief park ranger.

You may scatter remains in the ocean within a three-mile limit. Beyond the three-mile limit requires reporting the scattering within 30 days to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

And not to be obvious, but scattered ashes mean that: no chucking a container into the brush or water; the ashes must be fully distributed from their container, whether you choose to scatter ashes at sea, onto land or over land. Locate the identification label or numbered disc inside the urn. Keep this label or disc or dispose of it in the garbage.