Rules & Regulations
Twentynine Palms Public Cemetery District - Rules and Regulations
The absolute control of the cemetery grounds in every particular is vested in the Board; interment rights owners and others are entitled only to such privileges within the grounds as are provided by these rules and regulations. The following rules regulating the general care of graves and cemetery grounds are intended to provide a safe and secure setting for cemetery visitors.
- Interment Rights in the Cemetery are conveyed for interment purposes only.
- The cemetery visiting hours shall be daily sunrise to sunset.
- Every person entering onto the Cemetery shall be responsible for his or her own safety, and shall exercise due caution and care. The District, its Board, all individual members of said Board, the Manager and all other personnel of the District shall not be responsible for injury or damage suffered by any persons, including children, in their use of the cemetery grounds. Any person visiting the cemetery shall do so at his/her own risk.
- All children must be accompanied by and under the control of an adult.
- No person not employed by the District shall plant, maintain, or adorn any trees, shrubs, or flowers on the Cemetery grounds. If any tree, shrub, plant or vine situated on any plot shall by reason of roots, branches, height, shade or otherwise become detrimental or unsightly to adjacent plots, paths, streets or the Cemetery grounds, the Manager or any authorized District personnel may enter upon such plot and remove or trim such trees, shrubs, plants or vines as deemed necessary. Donations of trees and rose bushes are acceptable, but must be selected and planted by and under the direction of the Board.
- No person not employed by the District shall gather flowers nor disturb growing plants or trespass on any plot of which he or she does not hold the Interment Right. All persons shall confine themselves to the roadways, paths and other public places provided for public use within the Cemetery grounds, except when accessing a particular Plot or Niche.
- Flowers may be placed only in the vases provided in the ground or if not available, in appropriate containers (vases) placed on the grave. Unauthorized containers will be removed and disposed of by District personnel. Jars and tin cans are not to be used as vases on a grave.
- No animals, with the exception of guide or service dogs which must accompany their owners, are allowed in the Cemetery without permission from the Manager.
- Feeding animals on cemetery property is prohibited.
- All Christmas decorations will be removed and disposed of by District personnel after January 31st each year.
- tems allowed on each grave shall be limited to twelve (12) in number, be no more than 30" high, have no lights or electrical components (including candles and solar powered items) and be placed on the back two-thirds of the grave. (Away from the sidewalk/street).
- No light or other electrical devices including solar powered items shall be placed on any grave or Niche Fascia.
- No decorations will be placed in the openings or spaces of Niche Fascia. Nothing shall be glued or attached to Niche Fascia other than the Scroll Plate.
- The Board reserves the right to remove from any Plot, Marker, Headstone, Monument or other structure, trees, flowers or plants (plastic or real), or other objects which may conflict with the Rules and Regulations, or which may be considered a safety hazard or maintenance obstruction to the grounds, plots, or person. Such items removed by the District personnel will be held for thirty (30) days and thereafter destroyed.
- No person not employed by the District shall remove any earth or in any way damage the Cemetery grounds or place or pour sand, gravel, rocks, cement or any metal of any kind in the vases, around the markers, the Plot or on the Cemetery property. Dead flowers and other rubbish must be placed in containers provided for that purpose.
- If any tree, shrub, plant situated on any plot shall by reason of roots, branches or heights become detrimental or unsightly to adjacent plots, paths, streets or the cemetery grounds, the Manager or any other person authorized by the Board may enter upon such plot and remove or trim such tree, shrub or plant as deemed necessary.
- No person shall burn any combustible material within the cemetery grounds.
- The Board reserves the right to make improvements to any Plot, Niche, or to any public portion of the Cemetery grounds at any time at the cost of the District.
Grave markers, as well as their placement and installation, must conform to the Rules and Regulations of the District, the District does not own or control any such Marker. Accordingly, the District, its Trustees, Officers, Managers and Employees are not responsible for the loss or damage to any Marker, unless such loss or damage is the result of the negligence or misconduct of a Trustee, Officer, Manager or Employee of the District.
If a damaged Marker has been in place in the Cemetery for 25 years, and if the District is unable to locate a family member responsible for the care and upkeep of the Marker the District may, at its sole discretion, elect to either repair or replace a damaged Marker.
The following regulations govern Markers in the Cemetery:
- All Markers must be made only of granite, marble (Veterans Administration markers only), or standard bronze. Markers made of other materials are not permitted.
- Memorial markers hereafter shall be limited to the following sizes:
Single 12" x 24"
Double 14" x 36"
Infant/Child 10" x 20"
Cremation section 12" x 24"
- The next of kin or person responsible for the remains of a deceased must obtain a flat permanent type marker for the deceased's grave and make the marker available for placement by cemetery personnel within one year from interment date.
- All memorial markers shall be installed by cemetery personnel. By prior approval through the cemetery office, a full size gravestone may be set in place by a monument company or its representative. It must be flat and measure 6' x 3'.
- Setting of a full size gravestone on a grave prior to interment is prohibited.
- Setting of a grave marker prior to interment is permitted subject to an additional setting fee.
- A charge to remove and reset a grave marker will be made to the next of kin or respective agent, and the Cemetery District disclaims all responsibility for breakage should such occur.
- Only bronze markers provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs are permitted in the Veterans Section (7B).
- Nothing except veterans flags shall be placed on an unmarked grave.
Lot owners, niche owners, morticians and other authorized persons shall comply with the following regulations in the use of niches and plots for interment purposes.
- Interments will not be scheduled on a Sunday or a Holiday.
- Interments will normally be made after 9:00 a.m., and prior to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- The scheduling of a date and time for an interment must be made through the cemetery office at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the desired interment time.
- An ORDER FOR INTERMENT form must be signed by a member of the family of the deceased or the respective authorized agent at least 24 hours prior to the time of service. A grave will not be opened until the ORDER FOR INTERMENT is signed.
- No services in connection with an interment will be made until charges for such services, as fixed by the Board, have been paid in advance to the Administrative Assistant or other authorized employee of the District.
- Since using a shade covering (canopy) during graveside services is not feasible due to the stakes and moorings having to be placed into the white rock grave covers of other graves nearby, the service may be held in the cemetery chapel if desired.
- No interment right holder shall allow any interment to be made in his/her plot or niche for remuneration.
- Visitors desiring to watch the process of closing the grave must remain a distance of 30 feet from the gravesite for their own safety. Cemetery workers are to discontinue operating equipment anytime this distance is not maintained or anytime, in their judgment, the safety of a visitor is in jeopardy.
- Three cremains or two cremains and one full burials may be interred in one adult grave - MUST be family members or registered domestic partners (as defined in California Family Code Section 297).
- A white rock grave cover must be placed on a grave following the closing of the grave. The 'cover' is to be installed by cemetery personnel. A 'cover' is not to be installed on any grave prior to burial in the grave.
- Except when ordered by a Court, disinterments will be at the discretion of the Board. When allowed, District personnel will open the grave and remove or open the vault. The District shall not be responsible for any damage to the urn, vault, liner, casket or remains
- Cemetery personnel are not permitted to open an urn or casket under any circumstances unless directed to do so by Court action.
- The District shall not set aside a designated "indigent" interment section in the cemetery.
- Due to possible contaminants present, a liner or vault removed during a disinterment must be destroyed and disposed of as soon as possible. EXCEPTION: 1) The legal owner of the container may transport the container off of cemetery property within 24 hours of the disinterment time. 2) Funeral personnel may transport the container for reuse in the reinterment of the remains. Under no other conditions will the vault or liner be released to an individual for reuse.
- When family of deceased desires to watch the casket lowered, as is sometimes a tradition, the casket shall be lowered only to the level of the greens covering the grave (Top of the grave).
- Food, beverages, balloons, banners, candles, lights, or any other items or objects that management considers unsafe or inappropriate for a cemetery will be removed by staff and disposed of.
- Section 7B is designated as the Veterans Section. Burials therein are limited to bona fide U.S. Veterans and their spouses.
- All niche compartments will accommodate 1 or 2 Cremated remains. No more than two sets of cremated remains in a single niche - MUST be family members or registered domestic partners (as defined in California Family Code Section 297). Niche compartments measure approximately 9.5" x 9.5" x 9.5".
- All Cremation Urns must meet Cemetery size requirements to be placed in our niche compartments.
- Urns are not to be opened on cemetery grounds.
- All Niche Plates will be provided and installed by the District, will be cast from standard bronze, and will be 8"wide by 4" high. Two plates will be provided for a double, each being 8" wide by 4" high. Inscriptions on Niche Plates will consist of: first name, middle initial, last name, date of birth and date of death. The typeface will be Times New Roman with a single line border, dark oxidized background finish and a leatherette background texture. The top (name and title) line cannot exceed 24 characters and spaces, the date line will be limited to the dates of birth and death in one of the following formats:
January 1, 1900 – December 1, 2000
1900 – 2000
Standard niche plates provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs are acceptable for single occupancy only.
- No other items other than the memorial marker (niche plate) may be affixed, either temporarily or permanently, to the niche face (shutter). Any items found so affixed will be immediately removed by staff and disposed of.
- On the day of inurnment, Memorial Day, and the occupant's birthday flowers may be placed on the concrete sidewalk in front of the niche. Such flowers shall be removed by the cemetery staff by the close of business the following day.
- No items, including flowers, shall be placed on top of niche features. Flowers, or any items placed on top of niche feature will be immediately removed by staff and disposed of.
- All Memorial Wall Plates will be provided and installed by the District, will be cast from standard bronze, and will be 10" wide by 2" high. Inscriptions on Memorial Wall Plates will consist of: first name, middle name or initial, last name, titles, date of birth and date of death. The typeface will be Times New Roman with a single line border, dark oxidized background finish and a leatherette background texture. The top (name and title) line cannot exceed 32 characters and spaces, the date line will be limited to the dates of birth and death in one of the following formats:
January 1, 1900 – December 1, 2000
1900 – 2000