Rules and Regulations


The following rules and regulations have been adopted as a guide to the use and management of the Cemetery. The rules and regulations will help protect all who have interest here. All owners ofinternment rights, visitors and contractors performing work within the Cemetery shall be subjected to said rules and regulations, amendments or alterations as shall be adopted by the Board of Trustees of  Sacramento Musliam Cemetery (SMCemetery) from time to time.

General Rules and Regulations:

  1. Rules and Regulations ofthe Cemetery and prices for burial spaces and services are made by the SMCemetery. and become effective upon approval by the SMCemetery.

  2. The SMCemetery may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right, at any time, with or without notice to plot owners, to adopt new rules and regulations or to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation and/or article, section or paragraph in these rules and regulations. Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of the rule may impose unnecessary hardship. The SMCemetery, therefore, reserves the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions, or modifications in any ofthe Rules and Regulations when, in its judgment, the same appear advisable, and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or modifications shall in no way be construed as affecting the genera! application ofsuch.

  3. The SMCemetery retains to itself, for the benefit of all internment right owners, full and complete supervision, control and management of the land, buildings, improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development, books and records, and the full and complete authority rights and privileges to make, change administer and enforce all rules and regulations and restrictions not inconsistent with the laws of the State of California and the County of Sacramento.

  4. All plots in the SMCemetery are sold in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of California/County of Sacramento and shall not be used for any other purpose than as a burial place for deceased human beings.

  5. Plots must be paid in full before a burial is made.

  6. Visiting hours:
       a. Hours of Operations:
         i. Office Staff: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Weekdays
         ii. Ground Staff: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
         iii. Visiting: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Any person found on the SMCemetery grounds after closing will be considered a trespasser.

  7. No person, other than employees ofthe SMCemetery , shall be allowed to perform any work within the SMCemetery. without permission from the SMCemetery

  8. The SMCemetery shall direct all improvements within the grounds and upon all lots before and after internments have been made herein.

  9. Charges for work and services performed by the SMCemetery will be at rates as approved by the SMCemetery.

  10. The use of SMCemetery land as a thoroughfare will not be permitted.

  11. The right to use automobiles or other vehicles in the SMCemetery is authorized solely and exclusively for the purpose of transporting persons to visit burial plots. The speed limit within the SMCemetery is fifteen (15) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving on any gardens or grassy areas are prohibited for purposes other than those obtained from the SMCemetery.

  12. Bicycles, skates, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses, etc., may not be used on SMCemetery lands except with the approval ofthe SMCemetery. Dogs are not permitted except when kept on a leash or in a vehicle.

  13. Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs into the SMCemetery is strictly prohibited.

  14. The SMCemetery shall have the right to enter upon or use any adjoining plot or plots to carry out its duties as to internments, erection of monuments or markers, etc., without prior notice.

  15. No signs, notices, or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed in the SMCemetery

  16. Peddling of any kind or soliciting the sale ofany commodity other than by the GSMC, is prohibited within the confines of the SMCemetery

Funeral Regulations:

  1. Internments into a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial therein according to these rules and regulations.

  2. The SMCemetery shall be in no way liable for any delay in the internment of a body where a protest to the internment has been made or where the rules and regulations have not been complied with; and further, the SMCemetery reserves the right, under such circumstances, to place the body in the receiving vault until the full rights have been determined.

  3. No disinterment will be allowed without permission of next of kin, the lot owner, the GSMC and the proper authorities.

Plants and Flowers:

  1. No person shall plant any plant material on SMCemetery grounds. Donations of plant materials are acceptable; such plant materials will be selected and planted under direction ofSuperintendent.

  2. Flower vases shall be set in the ground (not in the concrete border), flush with the ground and 1" minimum from marker. Any optional setting must be authorized by the Superintendent. No "half set" vases are allowed.

  3. Flowers may be placed only in SMCemetery vases as previously stated, or ifnot available, in unbreakable containers placed at the head of the grave. Flowers in such temporary containers are subject to removal and disposal by SMCemetery personnel. No planting is permitted in any vase.

  4. Mosquito gel is required in all vases and containers, both temporary and permanent, for the purpose ofmosquito control. Gel may be obtained free of charge from SMCemetery staff. Any container capable of holding water and not containing such gel is subject to removal by SMCemetery staff.

  5. No person shall place or pour sand, gravel, rocks, cement, casting plaster, or metal ofany kind in vases, cans, or flower containers because of hazards to equipment and public safety Violations are subject to removal by SMCemetery staff.

  6. Flower restrictions: Natural and artificial flowers are permitted all year. If flowers exhibit discoloration, fading, deterioration, or are out of season, SMCemetery employees will remove and dispose of them. Every reasonable effort will be made to take care for flowers and containers placed on graves but neither the SMCemetery Board ofTrustee, Board of Directors nor any of its employees will be responsible for anything of a moveable character that may be lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged.

  7. No person shall place on any grave statues, banners, flags, toys, boxes, globes, placards, shells cans, jugs, bottles, rocks, pebbles, breakable objects, bric-a­brac ofany description or any other object unless approved in advance by the Supervisor. The SMCemetery reserves the right to reject or remove any temporary or permanent items deemed inappropriate by the Supervisor.

  8. Glass containers are not permitted at any burial site at any time and will be removed by SMCemetery Staff immediately.

  9. No person shall gather flowers nor disturb the growing plants on any plot for which they do not hold burial rights. Children are not to climb monuments and must be under the control of supervising adult.

  10. Except in the excavation for the completion of a burial, no person shall displace any earth or in any way damage the SMCemetery grounds or leave any grass, earth or rubbish of any kind. Dead flowers, discarded mosquito gel, and other rubbish must be placed in containers provided for that purpose.

  11. Ifany tree, shrub, plant or vine situated on any plot shall, by reason of roots, branches, height, or shade become detrimental or unsightly to adjacent plots, paths, streets or GSMC grounds, the Supervisor, or any other person authorized by the Board, may enter upon such plot and remove or trim such tree, shrub, plant or vine as deemed necessary.

  12. Each week during the SMCemetery staff remove unsightly (wilted flowers) decorations from graves, crypts and niches.

  13. It is not possible for SMCemetery employees to attend all areas ofthe cemeteries during normal SMCemetery hours .As a consequence, there are occasions when flowers and decorations have been stolen. The SMCemetery cannot assume any liability for decorations placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when selecting flowers or decorations for graves, crypts or niches.

Incense and Oil:

  1. Any burning of incense or any combustible material shall require advance approval ofthe Supervisor. No combustible materials shall be left on a grave or elsewhere on the SMCemetery grounds.

Markers and Monuments:

  1. SMCemetery memorial marker physical dimensions will be governed by the Monument Regulations table. All markers must be a minimum of 3" thick or set into 5" thick concrete foundation. Memorial markers shall be made of granite, marble,. Standard bronze, or other material approved by the Supervisor. The Board, however, reserves the right to review and allow or disallow markers of other kinds and characters upon prior written application by burial rights holders.

  2. The SMCemetery is not liable for damage, theft, vandalism or deterioration of markers.

  3. Markers are to be set by SMCemetery or regular monument company employees only. The thickness of the cement foundation is to be determined by the Supervisor. The maximum number of markers per casket plot will be limited to two (2). Raised markers are permitted on select sites at the discretion of the Supervisor and upon payment of appropriate height surcharges.

  4. The SMCemetery reserves the right to reject placement of a gravestone for either symbology or verbiage deemed inappropriate by the Supervisor. All final monument etchings must be pre-approved by SMCemetery staff before placement.

  5. No marker will be permitted which might mislead the public into believing that remains are interred in a particular plot when, in fact, they are not. Such "memorial only" markers must bear some inscription indicating that there is no interred human remains associated with said marker. Birth and death dates of individual being memorialized must appear on marker.

  6. The Board ofTrustees, Board of Directors and SMCemetery grounds at any time at the cost ofthe SMCemetery

  7. The Board of Trustees, Board of Directors and SMCemetery staff reserves the right to control ALL aspects of marker and monument setting, i.e location, position, orientation, concrete borders, flower vases, etc.