Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Cemetery Rules and Regulations

All official cemetery transactions shall be handled at the Boise Parks & Recreation Administration Office. Business hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday, except legal holidays. The cemetery shall be open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Maintenance and Care:

Boise City will provide maintenance care for all lots.  This services consists of maintaining neat and attractive grounds; watering and mowing lawns; trimming around headstones; pruning trees and shrubs planted by Boise City; cleanup and removal of trash, leaves, withered flowers, etc.; and preservation of grade at burial site(s).  This care does not include the planting or care of flowers around monuments and markers, nor the cleaning or repair of monuments and markers erected on burial site(s).

Ornamentation & Beautification:

Planter boxes, toys, flags, pinwheels, balloons and/or decorations which are placed on or around graves or lots that are deemed hazardous or create a maintenance problem will be removed and disposed of by cemetery staff. Glass of any kind is not allowed in the cemetery at any time.

The planting of any vegetation, other than defined in flower policy, is strictly prohibited without obtaining written permission from the sexton or manager of the cemetery. The cemetery is not responsible for watering cans, flower holders, garden utensils or other property left, lost or placed on lots or graves.

No artificial flowers or decorations will be allowed during the mowing season (March through October).

Flower Policy:

Cut flowers may be placed upon graves in a regulation container any time of the year. Flowers, including burial service flowers, will be removed when they become unsightly, discolored or wilted.

Holiday flowers and decorations will be removed one week after the observed holiday.

 Planting of annuals is only allowed in the upright monument sections. You may plant within 9 inches in front of a monument in the infant sections and 18 inches in front of the monument in all other monument sections. Planting is not allowed in the flat marker sections.

Markers:

Flat markers shall only be permitted in sections designated "Flat Marker" sections. All such markers shall be set level with the earth’s surface and of a uniform size and material to be determined by the Cemetery Sexton. All markers must be set by City personnel or an approved Monument Company. No monument work will be permitted in the Cemetery on Sundays or holidays or after 5:00pm or the day before Decoration Day. Installation of markers or of monuments which will further complicate the care and maintenance of the cemetery grounds shall not be permitted.

The width of a marker/monument including foundation shall not exceed the width of the plot and the length shall not exceed 24". If an unoccupied lot is rendered unusable by the placement of a monument, a waiver must be signed by the lot owner stating that the lot will be left unoccupied.

Should any memorial become unsightly or a hazard to visitors, the cemetery shall have the right to either correct the condition or remove the same at the expense of the lot owner. The cemetery reserves the right to correct any error that may be made by its employees.

Flat marker setting foundations set by cemetery personnel will be guaranteed for a period of one year from the date of installation.

Monuments and Memorials may not be set without prior approval and confirmation of exact plot location and requirements by cemetery personnel. The cemetery reserves the right to move an upright marker to facilitate grave digging.

Interments:

Notice of ten (10) working hours will be required for the opening and closing of graves. Disinterments shall be arranged with the Cemetery Sexton upon notice of at least one week. All graves shall be dug by City employees at rates set by the Board of Park & Recreation Commissioners and approved by the City Council.

The cemetery allows one full size burial in one plot and as many as three inurnments on the same plot (only one headstone at the head and one flat marker in the center of the grave are allowed). An extended grave use fee is charged whenever cremations are buried in an occupied plot. Only one Inurnment is allowed in an ash lot except when the ashes of two deceased individuals share one container. An unused plot may be transferred to a family member or repurchased by the City of Boise for the price originally paid. If the owner of the plot wishes to transfer the plot to another person, that transaction will require the owner to sign a quit claim deed and pay a transfer charge upon application for the transfer.

For every interment, the casket shall be enclosed in either a cement box, cement vault, fiberglass vault, steel vault infant cement liner or other type of vault of a strength and design in accordance with Boise City Code section 9-15. Cremations also shall be contained in an acceptable container.

Plots:

All property owners, persons within the cemetery, and plots sold shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Board of Parks & Recreation Commissioners governing the Cemeteries owned or controlled by Boise City.

Ownership of a burial plot consists of the right of interment of the deceased and can be used for no other purpose. The sprinkling of ashes is not allowed on cemetery grounds.

Cemetery plots must be paid for in full prior to the issuance of a burial permit.

Marker Cleaning and Repair:

Monuments and bronze markers are the personal property of the lot owner and thus the maintenance and care are the responsibility of the owner.

Cemetery staff endeavors to maintain orderly, well kept grounds. We encourage families to become involved and participate in the care of the stones and markers of deceased friends and family members. Over time, there will be normal aging and upkeep required for all of the monuments and markers in the cemetery.

Bronze marker settings placed by the cemetery are guaranteed for one year from placement. All other repairs and maintenance can be obtained from local monument companies.

Conduct:

Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that accords due respect to the deceased.

  • Alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs and boisterous activity is      not allowed.
  • Automobiles and other vehicles shall not be driven in excess of 15      miles per hour while on the cemetery roadways.
  • No advertising, selling or soliciting will be permitted nor will      any active forms of recreation.
  • Firearms are only permitted at military funerals or ceremonies.
  • Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians who will be      responsible for their behavior.
  • Animals shall not be allowed on the cemetery grounds or in any      buildings.
  • All persons      within the cemetery are prohibited from: gathering flowers (wild,      cultivated or artificial), breaking or harming trees, shrubs or plants,      disturbing the birds and wildlife.

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