Do I Need A Permit?
Yes. Health and Safety Code Section 7116 requires that anyone scattering cremated human remains obtain the written permission on the property owner or controlling government agency. Similarly, Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.62(b) requires permission prior to scattering cremated human remains.
Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) permits individuals to scatter cremated human remains where appropriate. There are numerous and multi-faceted conditions under which the scattering of human remains would not be appropriate; these include locations that are archeological sites, Native American burial sites, and locations where incompatible activities occur or may be planned in the future. These restrictions do not apply to the reburial of Native American pursuant to Section 5097.94 of the Public Resources Code of the Native American Graves Repatriation Act. The appropriateness of scattering cremated human remains with RNSP is determined by the State or National Park Superintendent.
Last updated: May 10, 2023