Rules Regulations

(Adopted by the Oak Hill Cemetery Association)


These Rules and Regulations may be amended by the Trustees of said Oak Hill Cemetery Association, Inc., but no such amendment(s) shall be effective until approved by the NYS Cemetery Board.

Please note that we do not allow burials on Sundays.

1.  Interments in a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial herein according to the Terms of Section 1512 of the Non-for-Profit Corporation Law.  Permission for burial of those not entitled to burial according to the said section must be filed with the Oak Hill Cemetery Association, Inc. by the lot owner(s).

2.  No interment shall be allowed without permission being first obtained from the Oak Hill Cemetery Association.  At the time of applying for permission the following information must be furnished:

  • Name of deceased
  • Age of deceased including date of birth (if known)
  • Place of birth of deceased (if known)
  • Date of death
  • Time and date of interment
  • If not an adult, the names of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of deceased

3.  The total number of interments per single burial is restricted to a maximum of two (2) cremains in one grave, or one (1) vaulted burial plus (1) cremains placed in one grave.

4.   Except as provided for section 1513(c) of the Non-for-Profit Corporation Law, no lot owner may transfer his/ her ownership of a grave plot without providing written notification to the Cemetery Association, and receipt of written acknowledgement of the Association recognizing the new ownership information.

5.  The full purchase price must be paid before a deed will be given or burial allowed in lot.

6.  It is the responsibility of the lot owner to check with the Cemetery Association for any restrictions pertaining to their individual lot before purchasing a monument.

7.   All work done in the cemetery shall be done by cemetery employees or under direction and control of the Superintendent of the Board of Trustees.

8.   No work or burials will be performed on Sundays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

9.   All foundations will be constructed by or under direction the Oak Hill Cemetery.

10.   Bluestone foundations will be permitted for monuments and markers.

11.  All monuments must be built of granite, marble or some other durable stone.  Memorials of cement, artificial stone, wood or metal will not be permitted.  A bronze Veteran’s marker and/or aluminum Firefighter’s marker can be placed in addition to the monument.

12.  Cremated remains will not be permitted to be scattered in any part of the cemetery.

13.  The interment of cremated remains will be permitted only in appropriate rigid receptacles, for example, made of wood, metal, concrete, fiberglass or plastic.

14.  Concrete vaults/ grave liners are required (Board of Directives 201.6).  

15.  Effective August 31, 2016, the Cemetery Association does not allow the planting of shrubs, trees, or bushes.

16.  The Cemetery Association reserves the right to remove any/ all shrubs, trees and bushes deemed to be dangerous to the public, affecting the stability of an existing memorial, or encroaching on adjoining lot, upon due notice to the lot owner.

17.  The Oak Hill Cemetery Association reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths or other decorations as they become unsightly. 

18.  No vault or mausoleum shall be built or erected above ground without permission of the Board of Trustees, and then, only in such an approved location.

19.  Placing of glass bottles, vases, or wire stands as receptacles for flowers, either artificial or grown in pots, is prohibited and will be removed.

20.  Disinterment of either a body or cremated remains may be made upon written request to the Oak Hill Cemetery Association by the grave owner and the consent of the legal representatives of the deceased.  

21.  Oak Hill Cemetery does not provide snow removal during the winter months. If burial is to take place, the cemetery is not responsible for cost due to snow related events.

22.  The Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk.

23.  Photography for private (non-commercial) use is permitted so long as it does not interfere with the quiet enjoyment of the cemetery by other visitors.

     a.   Photography of burials is permitted only with the express permission of the person authorizing the burial. 

      b.  Photography for commercial use is prohibited, except with the written permission of the President or Vice President of the Association.

24.  Oak Hill Cemetery will accept only cremated remains of domestic pets to be buried with human remains, and as such, all interments of cremated domestic pets are subject to these Rules and Regulations, and permitted only under the following conditions:
      a.  A Pet Disposal Form or other certificate must be submitted when the interment is    incidental to the interment of human remains.
      b.  The scattering of any pet cremains is prohibited.
      c.  Interment of cremated domestic pet remains are only permitted when the interment is incidental to the interment of human remains.
      d.  Interment of cremated domestic pet remains that have been placed in a casket containing human remains will be treated as a separate interment subject to separate and additional fees from the Cemetery.
      e.  The authorization for interment of a cremated pet will be granted by the Cemetery only with the consent of the lot owner or surviving spouse, and then surviving heir. 
      f.   All interments of cremated domestic pets must be scheduled and approved by the Cemetery.  In the event of a scheduling conflict, the interment of human remains will always take precedence over the interment of cremated domestic pet remains.
      g.  For the interment of a domestic pet, the Cemetery will capture the following information in its permanent record: the pet’s name, owner’s name, type of domestic pet, and location of interment.
      h.  A standard grave will allow for one un-sealed urn which will allow for one additional, future cremated domestic pet interment.  (Please refer to Item #12 for a description of acceptable materials for the urn).  The additional domestic pet remains added to the un-sealed urn will be subject to all Cemetery associated with an interment plus grave digging fees associated with interment. 
      i.  In an instance where the cremated remains of a domestic pet have been placed in a casket for a human burial, the casket will remain untouched and as buried with only the one pet remains.
      j.  Disinterment of a cremated domestic pet will be permitted only as requested by the lot owner, executor of the owner’s estate or court order.
      k.  The following memorialization options may be considered:
           i.  No memorialization of the cremated domestic pet, or
           ii. Placement of a bronze memorial medallion or a steel or ceramic photo on an existing monument.  The medallion or photo must be purchased from, and installed by a qualified monument contractor.   As with all such work, the installation must be arranged with and approved by the Cemetery.

25. As the burial of cremated domestic pet remains are incidental to the business of the Cemetery, the Cemetery will place 100% of income from the interment of pet remains into the Permanent Maintenance Fund.

 Approved and Effective October 9, 2017