Rules & Regulations

BELMONT CEMETERY
121 Grove Street, Belmont, MA 02478

 

RULES and REGULATIONS

adopted by

THE BOARD OF CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS

Revised

November 20, 2002


 

INTERMENTS
Rules and regulations of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners of the Town of Belmont, Massachusetts, are made for the protection of Grave and Lot Owners in conformity with the Town by-laws and Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 
Vaults or liner boxes are required for all earth burials.
 
Graves and Lots are not sold for future use.
 
Graves and Lots are sold to residents of Belmont only and are not transferable to non-residents.
 
The first interment must be a member of the immediate family of the purchaser, and a resident of the Town of Belmont (see residency requirements).
 
Business hours are 7:00 A.M. to 12:00P.M. and 12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.  The cemetery is open for visitations from dawn to dusk only.
 
Interments are not made on Sunday or on the following holidays:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
There will be an extra charge for all funerals on Saturdays, holidays, and processions arriving after 1:30 P.M. weekdays.
 
The Cemetery Manager may refuse to make an interment until a more expedient time if too many funerals are scheduled to arrive at the same hour or when the weather is too prohibitive.

 

MONUMENTS & MARKERS
Monuments and markers may be erected subject to the approval of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners or its designee. Only granite and bronze will be allowed.
 
Signed orders with designs and specifications must be submitted to the Board of Cemetery Commissioners.  No statues or objectionable designs will be permitted.
 
Grave /Lot and section numbers must be on the base of the stone.
 
All monuments must be uniform size:
 
Single Grave:  2-0 x 1-0 x 3-0 high             
               Two Grave:  3-0 x 1-0 x 3-0 high
 
Flat Markers:
 
        Single Grave:  2-0 x 1-0 or 2-0 x 1-2
        Two Grave:  3-0 x 1-2
                
Government Markers:
 
        Only one (1) Government Marker is allowed on each Veteran’s grave in the
Veterans’ sections.
 
The Cemetery Division is not responsible for any damage to monuments or markers.
 
The Cemetery Division shall set all foundations.  Foundations will not be set between November 20th and until the frost is out of the ground in the spring.
 
Orders for foundations for Memorial Day must be submitted before the first of May.
 
All work in the cemetery must be done during working hours.


 

RULES
No bushes or shrubs are to be planted or replaced.
 
Flowerbeds must conform to size and will be placed not more than 12 inches from the face of the monument only.
 
No enclosure of any nature, as fence, ditches, curbs, boxes or urns, is allowed.  Vigil lights are not permitted.  Potted plants, baskets and flowers will be permitted at Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Memorial Day or any other day to commemorate a special occasion including, but not restricted to a birthday or anniversary.  Wreaths or sprays of naturalevergreens are allowed during the Christmas season.
 
All decorations will be removed ten days after the specific holiday or as soon as they become faded or unsightly.
 
No artificial flowers/decorations are permitted.
 
The cemetery will not be responsible for any flowers, decorations, holders or other devices or receptacles placed on graves.
 
Visitors are forbidden to walk across cemetery lots unless on their way to visit a grave.
 
Motor vehicles must not be operated within the cemetery at a rate of speed that is
greater than reasonable and proper, because the roadways are winding and used by pedestrians.
 
The following is forbidden within the cemetery:
 
  • No dogs allowed, leashed or unleashed
  • The drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited
  • Ball playing, roller-skating, sledding
  • The riding of bicycles, mini-bikes, go-carts and skateboards
  • The display and/or sale of goods, wares and merchandise
  • Instructing persons in the use and operation of a motor vehicle
  • For any unauthorized person or persons to be loitering within the cemetery after regular working hours

 

Any person found in violation of the above subsections shall be deemed a trespasser and subject to prosecution therefore.
 
Disinterments:  For all disinterments, a Funeral Director must be engaged to ensure compliance with relevant Massachusetts’ laws.  Removals are prohibited between May 15th and October 15th.
 
Non-Resident Charge:  There will be a non-resident fee assessed for decedents who have not lived in Belmont or owned property in the town for the three (3) years immediately prior to death.  Verification will be determined from records available at the Town Clerk's office and/or the Board of Assessors.
 
Veterans' Graves:  There are a limited number of graves available for Veterans.  The Veteran must be the first burial and, at the time of death, the spouse must indicate a desire to be cremated and buried with his/her spouse.  No other individual may be buried in that grave.
 
Canopies:  The cemetery will provide a canopy for graveside use (for a fee) provided it is requested at time of order for opening.  No canopies from other sources will be permitted unless the cemetery canopy is unavailable.
 
Welfare Graves:  Welfare graves (for cremation remains only) may be made available to Belmont residents at the Belmont Cemetery on Grove Street at the discretion of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners.
 
The foregoing rules and regulations and prices are made by the Board of Cemetery Commissioners and are subject to change without notice.
 
Exceptions to these rules may be made by a majority vote of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners.