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Cemetery Rules and Regulations

For Information About Rules, Policies, Standards, Guidelines and Regulations at Cemeteries in Pittsburgh Call 724-770-0100

If you’re planning to arrange a burial or buy a monument, knowing cemetery rules and regulations in advance will likely save you time, money and anxiety. Thousands of cemeteries quietly serve our country and its many millions of families and mourners—and each is unique in its own way. Families planning burials are often doing it for the first time, so understanding various cemeteries’ terms, conditions, rules, and limitations is important to cemetery choice, and burial and monument planning. We have answers and are happy to guide you to a full understanding of the rules and regulations of cemeteries in your area. Just give Rome Monument a call anytime at 724-770-0100 or click here to contact us online.

Every cemetery has its own set of rules and regulations governing how burials are conducted, monuments, park aesthetics, and many other matters. In fact, different sections of cemeteries often have different rules. Some sections within one cemetery may allow upright monuments, while others may not, for example.  The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh publishes their rules and regulations online.

Cemetery rules and regulations—often posted online for easy access—typically address issues like:

  • Memorial size, type, color, design, finish, materials and aesthetics.
  • Grave decorations and ornaments.
  • Floral regulations.
  • Religious symbols.
  • Plot size, groupings, family burial lots.
  • Plot preparations.
  • Casket and vault/container standards and requirements.
  • Interment rights/plot sale terms.
  • Interment services and standards.
  • Memorial foundation standards.
  • Service and maintenance of grave sites and memorials.

Before buying a plot, and before buying a monument or grave marker, be sure you have carefully reviewed your cemetery’s rules and regulations to ensure you understand how any rules and limitations may affect your memorial plans and objectives. It’s a very good idea when buying a burial plot to specifically ask the cemetery about the monument sizes and types permitted for the plot under consideration. This avoids purchase of a plot that doesn’t permit your monument design.

If you have questions about whether your memorial choice and design will meet with the approval of cemetery administrators, it’s best to seek design approval before commissioning monument work or to ensure that the monument company will do so as part of its design process. Many cemeteries require approval of markers and monuments before they are installed—this is usually done by furnishing design sketches and details to the cemetery in advance of production work. Questions about memorial design conformity with a cemetery’s rules and regulations are often directed to Family Service Counselors employed by the cemetery who are very familiar with the technical aspects of monument design and installation rules.

Rome Monument welcomes the opportunity to help you understand the rules and regulations of cemeteries you are considering or own plots in. Given the many issues addressed by cemetery rules and regulations, especially as they pertain to selecting and designing the right monument for your needs, it’s a very good idea to understand them in advance. And if you need help, just call us at 724-770-0100 and one of our cemetery specialists will help you get the answers you need to plan and manage your burial and monument creation prudently and effectively.

We are familiar with the rules, standards, guidelines, policies and regulations at cemeteries and memorial parks in the following Pennsylvania counties; Allegheny County, Mercer County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Lawrence County, Washington County, Venango County, Clarion County, Crawford County and Westmoreland County.

The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh publishes their rules and regulations online. This organization manages the following cemeteries.

  • All Saints, Pittsburgh PA
  • Calvary, Pittsburgh PA
  • Christ Our Redeemer, ittsburgh PA
  • Good Shepherd, Monroeville PA
  • Holy Savior, Gibsonia PA
  • Holy Souls, Coraopolis PA
  • Mt. Carmel, Verona PA
  • Our Lady of Hope, Tarentum PA
  • Queen of Heaven, McMurray PA
  • Resurrection, Moon Township PA
  • Sacred Heart, Monongahela PA
  • St. Mary, Pittsburgh PA
  • St. Joseph, North Versailles PA
  • St. Stanislaus, Pittsburgh PA

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