How to Have a Private Family Cemetery

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Step 1

Check with your local property assessor's office concerning the land you plan to use for your family cemetery. The assessor will be able to tell you whether the property is in a flood plain or if other problems could prevent the creation of a cemetery. These could include drainage issues, underground cables or deed restrictions.

Step 2

Check with your state's commerce department or department of state to see if a license or certificate is required to operate a family cemetery. Most states don't require one. State regulations may determine how close a graveyard can be to a home. In New York, a cemetery can't be within 1,650 feet of a house without the homeowner's consent, according to the New York Department of State.

Step 3

File a survey with your county clerk's office showing the location of your family plot. This will allow others to find the cemetery. File a record of each grave location with the clerk.

Step 4

Ask the county clerk's office whether a burial permit is required to bury someone in a family plot.


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