Cemetery Rules & Regulations

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General

  1. The City Cemetery grounds shall be open between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm during the months of October, November, December, January, February and March and between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. during all other months, unless specifically authorized by the Cemetery Manager.
  2. Only persons may be interred at Kilgore Cemetery.
  3. Persons directly related to decedents resting in the historical area of Kilgore Cemetery may be interred in plots within the historical area of Kilgore Cemetery. The historical area is defined as all burial plots within Rows E, F, G and H.
  4. All persons who are residents or family members thereof and described in detail in Ordinance No. 09-2007 or property taxpayers of the City of Rancho Cordova may be interred in the non-historical plots at Kilgore Cemetery defined as Rows A, B and D or niche wall.
  5. No interment may be made or other services rendered, including stone setting, until all charges for plots and services and the endowment care fund deposit have been paid in full and a Burial Rights Agreement has been issued and signed by the Cemetery Manager or their designee. A copy of all fees and charges can be obtained from Kilgore Cemetery staff.
  6. A "Permit for Disposition of Human Remains" must, in all cases, accompany the body to the cemetery. A FAX copy of the permit shall be accepted, with the original received within five (5) working days.
  7. A minimum of twenty-four (24) hours notice shall be given for an interment, disinterment or for the cancellation of a previously scheduled service. An additional opening and closing fee shall be charged the party who scheduled a funeral if notification of a cancellation is not received by Kilgore Cemetery staff twenty-four (24) hours prior to scheduled time of service.
  8. No interment shall be made on Saturday, Sunday or a City of Rancho Cordova recognized holiday unless the interment is ordered by a public health officer or the cemetery staff and the mortician agrees an extreme emergency exists. Interments on Saturday, Sunday or City of Rancho Cordova recognized holiday shall be charged a fee equal to three times the standard fee for services. Interments shall occur only between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Only one interment may occur in the AM hours and one in the PM hours.
  9. A combination of four (4) burials may take place in each grave (one full burial and three cremains, or two burials and two cremains). Double burials in one grave shall be one above the other.
  10. The remains or cremains of the deceased shall be brought to the Kilgore Cemetery in a closed casket, urn, or other approved container. No casket shall be opened at Kilgore Cemetery before, during or following a service without permission of all members of the deceased’s family who are present and then only under the direct supervision of the funeral director in charge.
  11. A minimum container of cloth covered wood casket with handles is required for all interments except cremated remains.
  12. Caskets shall be used for all burials. Caskets shall be placed in the concrete vaults contained within the burial plot.
  13. A fiberglass, concrete or stone urn shall be used for all cremation burials.
  14. Niche urns shall be used for all cremation remains placed within the niche wall. No other urn may be placed within the niche wall. Niche urns shall be of non-biodegradable material. Metal, concrete, stone, ceramic or plastic are examples of acceptable materials. Wood, paper, and plant materials are examples of non-acceptable materials.
  15. Niche wall scroll plates shall be bronze and 2 1/8” by 5 1/2” in size. A maximum of two (2) scroll plates may be placed on each niche wall space. Scroll plates shall be engraved and installed by cemetery staff. Engraving shall be in scroll format and performed by cemetery staff or their contractor. Engraving shall consist of the deceased name, date of birth and date of death.
  16. The opening or closing of a grave or the placement of any marker, plant, tree, or any other ornament or device shall be made by a Kilgore Cemetery staff member excepting natural and artificial flowers placed by a family member directly on the grave site of their relative. Please see ‘Flower Regulations’.
  17. The Kilgore Cemetery staff has the right to refuse any interment product that in their opinion does not meet these requirements.
  18. Kilgore Cemetery reserves the right when necessity or the best interest of the cemetery demand, to remove and reinter bodies that may have been interred, keeping accurate records of such relocation, and whenever possible, notifying the purchaser before the relocation is made.

Care of Cemetery Graves & Grounds

  1. Cemetery staff may accept or reject donations for beautification of Kilgore Cemetery including plants, monuments and benches; however selection and placement of all plants, monuments and benches shall be made under the direction of the cemetery staff.
  2. Contract services for the care and upkeep of private plots in the City Cemetery is allowed with the approval of the Cemetery Manager or their designee. The Burial Rights holder must provide the Cemetery Manager, or their designee, a list, to be updated with any changes, designating the plot(s) for which the contract services shall be provided and the name and address of the party, or parties, authorized to provide contract services to each designated plot.
  3. No person shall gather flowers or disturb plants in any way on any plot or gravesite of which they are not the owner. No person shall disturb plants in any part of the Kilgore Cemetery property.
  4. No person shall trespass on any plot or gravesite for which they do not hold the Burial Right. All persons, other than Burial Right holders, shall confine themselves to the roads, paths and other public places provided for public use within Kilgore Cemetery.
  5. Artificial or natural flowers shall be placed only in vases provided by cemetery staff in the marker foundation. Flowers in such containers shall be removed and disposed of, if in the opinion of the cemetery staff they become unsightly. See Flower Regulations.
  6. All graves shall be level with the surrounding lot when fully settled.
  7. If any plant situated on any plot or gravesite becomes detrimental or unsightly to adjacent plots, paths or streets of the cemetery grounds, the cemetery staff or their contractor under direction shall enter upon the plot or gravesite and remove or trim such plant as deemed necessary in their opinion.
  8. No person shall:
    • Plant any tree, shrub, plant, or flower on the grounds of the Kilgore Cemetery without prior approval from the Cemetery Manager. This subsection does not prohibit the placement of cut, artificial, or potted flowers within the flower vase contained upon interment site;
    • Cut, break, pluck, remove, or in any manner destroy or injure any tree, shrub, plant, or flower within the City Cemetery grounds without prior approval from the Cemetery Manager. This section does not prohibit the removal of weeds and dead vegetation by an authorized city employee, a person or business entity that has received approval as provided in item (2) of this section, or an owner of a plot, in the course of providing care and upkeep of plots;
    • Enter the City Cemetery grounds between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. of the following day during the months of October, November, December, January, February and March or between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. of the following day during all other months, unless specifically authorized to do so by the Cemetery Manager;
    • Loiter on the grounds of the City Cemetery. As used in this section, loitering means and includes entering and remaining on the grounds of the City Cemetery without lawful business thereon and under such circumstances that a reasonable person would conclude that the person who has entered and remains on the grounds of the City Cemetery does not have a purpose connected with the lawful and ordinary use of the City Cemetery, does not have a bona fide intent to exercise a constitutional right, and is causing public inconvenience and annoyance;
    • Deposit rubbish, grass clippings, shrub clippings or other similar materials or substances on the grounds of the City Cemetery, without prior written permission of the Cemetery Manager. This subsection does not prohibit the placement of cut, artificial, or potted flowers upon a grave;
    • No person shall burn any material within Kilgore Cemetery;
    • Operate or use on the grounds of the City Cemetery any motorized vehicle as defined in the California Vehicle Code in the following ways:
      • Driving faster than the posted speed limit;
      • Sounding the horn of any vehicle or leaving engines running in a parked car that in any way interferes or causes any disturbance or noise during funerals;
      • Operating or parking any vehicle, except upon areas designated for such use, unless expressly permitted in writing by the Cemetery Manager. The Cemetery Manager is authorized to tow vehicles that violate this subsection. This subsection shall not apply to city employees on official business;
      • Operating a motorcycle on the grounds of the City Cemetery in a malicious or disruptive manner;
    • Bring any domesticated pet or animal to the City Cemetery unless it is leashed. Pet owners shall remove any and all pet droppings from the City Cemetery grounds;
    • Smoke while on the grounds of the City Cemetery, unless in a smoking area designated by the Cemetery Manager;
    • Fail to supervise children who accompany that person to the City Cemetery. No children shall be admitted unless accompanied by an adult who shall be responsible for their conduct;
    • Possess any open alcoholic beverage container or consume any alcoholic beverage on the grounds of the City Cemetery, except at an organized event that has received prior written approval for the possession of alcoholic beverages from the Cemetery Manager; and further provided that the organizers of the event are in compliance with all state alcohol licensing requirements;
    • Intentionally remove, break, injure, deface, alter, damage or disturb any structure or item on City Cemetery grounds, including but not limited to a tombstone, gravestone, monument, stake, marker, fence, post rail, curb, or wall;
    • Dispose of, within the City Cemetery, trash or garbage accumulated outside of the City Cemetery. Further, no person shall dispose of trash accumulated within the City Cemetery other than in designated areas or receptacles provided for that purpose;
    • Engage in stone rubbing without prior written approval from the Cemetery Manager. For purposes of this section, the term “stone rubbing” means the act of obtaining an impression on a piece of paper or other material by sliding a pencil or other object against it while it is placed upon a monument, tombstone, or gravestone;
    • Engage in the sale of food or beverages within the City Cemetery without prior written approval from the Cemetery Manager.
  9. The Cemetery Manager shall clear weeds, debris, flowers or floral pieces, or other items from any owned plot or niche on the grounds of the Kilgore Cemetery that, in the Cemetery Manager’s opinion, is not being maintained or otherwise properly cleared. In addition, the Cemetery Manager shall abate safety concerns by repairing or removing monuments, tombstones, retaining walls and other structures that, in the Cemetery Manager’s opinion, are not being maintained or have been abandoned.
  10. The Cemetery Manager is authorized to enter into a contract or contract(s) for the maintenance of the cemetery, or any part of it, in conformance with City policy and State law.

Flower Regulations

  1. Natural flowers may be planted, or placed within a separate pot, within the cemetery vase contained within each marker site. No other planting shall be allowed in a cemetery vase. A cemetery vase shall be placed within the marker concrete apron by cemetery staff within each gravesite. Cemetery staff shall not be responsible for maintenance of flowers or potted flowering plants.
  2. Artificial or natural flowers, or flowering plants, will be removed and discarded by cemetery staff if in the opinion of cemetery staff they become faded, discolored or deteriorated.
  3. Artificial or natural wreaths are not allowed on graves, within niche wall areas, or other portions of the City Cemetery except during the burial service, at Christmas time (December 15 to January 1) and the week of Memorial Day.
  4. No person shall place any material in cemetery vases except flowers or a flag. See Flag Regulations.
  5. No person shall place statues, toys, boxes, globes, shells, cans, jugs, bottles, or other items of any description or any unauthorized object on any grave expect as specifically allowed by these regulations.

Flag Regulations

  1. Only one flag shall be permitted per grave site. The flag shall be located within the flower vase.
  2. The flag and flag staff shall be no more than eighteen (18) inches in height.

Memorial Marker, Monuments and Bench Regulations

  1. All markers will be installed by cemetery staff or their contractor.
  2. Only professionally manufactured markers of granite, marble, or bronze will be acceptable for placement in Kilgore Cemetery.
  3. A flower/flag container manufactured for cemetery use shall be provided within the marker concrete apron area by cemetery staff or their contractor with placement of the marker.
  4. Marker sizes:
    • Single interment or double interment in single grave – 12” x 24”
    • Double marker for two single side by side graves – 12” x 48”. An exception to the marker size for two side by side graves shall be that of a government issued standard size marker that includes the names of both husband and wife. This marker will be centered between side by side plots, if used or in the middle of a single plot and will be placed in a concrete border that normally accommodates a 12” x 48” marker.
    • Cremation or infant grave – 12” x 24”
  5. Granite and marble markers shall be a minimum of 3” thick.
  6. Bronze plaque markers shall be 4” x 9” except for government issued standard size bronze marker plaques which are 5 ½” x 8 ½”. Bronze plaques shall be at least ¼” thick but no more than ½” thick.
  7. All markers shall be flat. Lettering, emblems, pictures, borders or other design raised more than 1/8” above the marker surface shall not be accepted.
  8. All markers and plaques shall include bolts and studs as normally provided by the manufacturer.
  9. Niche plaques shall be of bronze and in scroll format. Single niche plaques shall be 21/8” x 51/2”. Only single niche plaques shall be used.
  10. If a burial rights holder wishes to have installed a marker other than allowed in these regulations, or a raised marker within areas of the cemetery where various above ground markers have been used in past years, they may apply to the City of Rancho Cordova in writing describing in detail the proposed marker and shall not have installed any such non-conforming marker without prior written approval of the City.
  11. Interments and routine maintenance take priority over marker placement. Markers will be placed on a time permitting basis and will be set in the order they are received at the cemetery.
  12. Markers will not be set until all cemetery charges have been paid in full.
  13. Bench sites have been designated on the cemetery site map. For more information regarding the availability and authorization for placement on site locations, contact cemetery staff.
  14. The City shall determine bench size. Only professional manufactured benches of granite, marble, concrete or other Cemetery Manager approved material will be acceptable.
  15. Kilgore Cemetery, the City of Rancho Cordova and staff are not responsible or liable for damage, theft, vandalism, or deterioration of markers, monuments, vases, bases or benches.

Publication and Contracts

  1. The Cemetery Manager shall prepare a list summarizing these rules and make it available at City Hall for public access and review. At the discretion of the Cemetery Manager, a sign or signs listing some or all of these rules and regulations may be posted at the City Cemetery. These rules and regulations may be modified from time to time.
  2. The Cemetery Manager is authorized to enter into a contract or contract(s) for the maintenance of the cemetery, or any part of it, in conformance with City policy and State law.