following is a summary of the Madera Cemetery District’s Rules
and Regulations as presented in order that the users and visitors
of the District’s facilities may have a basic source of information.
The complete rules and regulations can be reviewed at the District
office. For this format the Madera Cemetery District will be shortened
as follows to MCD.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
A five-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Madera County Board
of Supervisors for a four-year term governs MCD. They have a fiduciary
responsibility for financial planning, overseeing management, and
setting District policy and procedures in accordance with the California
Health and Safety code pertaining to public cemeteries.
• All property situated in any cemetery operated and maintained
by MCD is the sole property of the district, to which no person, firm,
organization or corporation shall have any interest or right except
as shall be granted by MCD “Rules and Regulations”.
• The sale of burial rights shall be consistent with MCD “Rules
and Regulations”, provided the sale be made in accordance to
that section of the State of California Health and Safety Code pertaining
to the eligibility of persons allowed to be buried in a MCD cemetery.
• Any religious service may be performed at any burial of any
person in any cemetery of the MCD, when such burial has been properly
complied with in accordance with MCD “Rules and Regulations”.
• The sale of burial rights does not convey title but only grants
the right to the perpetual use and occupancy of the parcel of land
for burial purposes.
• No transfer of rights shall be made without prior written
approval of MCD.
• Each person, firm, association, corporation, or funeral home
requesting a burial must contact MCD and schedule such burial before
making public the time of burial. Staff is available by pager to schedule
services during weekends.
• Burials on Saturday shall be concluded before noon. No burial
shall be performed on Saturday afternoon or at any time on Sunday.
• Final graveside committal services must not begin later than
3:00 p.m. in Arbor Vitae and Calvary Cemeteries and not later than
2:00 p.m. in Oakhill, North Fork and Raymond Cemeteries.
• The purchase price of any plots sold and the fees and/or charges
for any and all products supplies or services performed in connection
with the interment of any body shall be paid prior to the opening
of the grave, crypt, or niche or prior to the performance of any other
services to be performed by MCD.
OPENING AND CLOSING GRAVES
• The district shall open and close the graves for burials in
any of MCD cemeteries, and install any and all liners/ vaults/ or
• A member of the family of the deceased or their authorized
agent must sign a form called an “Interment Order” giving
permission for burial and all charges for the services must be paid
before a grave will be opened.
CASKET AND LINERS
• No burials, interments or re-interments shall be made in the
cemeteries of MCD unless said bodies with a casket/ urn containing
the same is placed in and protected by a concrete liner, vault, metallic
or vantage vault, or urn liner of type approved by MCD.
• No casket shall be opened before, during or following a service
without the direct permission of the deceased family and then only
under the direct supervision of the funeral director in charge.
MONUMENTS AND MARKERS
• Only the size and type of markers as set forth in "Markers
and Monuments Rules" at MCD will be allowed.
• Only those markers manufactured from granite, marble, bronze,
or District markers are allowed.
• All setting of markers, bases, or monuments in any MCD cemetery
shall be done by MCD staff, according to the current fees on file
• Any marker set shall have at least two vases for flowers,
of the type approved by MCD, placed in the ground, embedded in the
a concrete foundation or mausoleum/niche wall in a design to conform
to that area.
DECORATION OF GRAVES
• No plot shall be defined by any so-called fence, railing,
coping, hedge, embankment or ditch, or contain any seat, wire work,
rock work, monuments, marker, stone or any architectural object, except
as approved by MCD.
• Persons wishing to place cut flowers on graves not provided
with vases shall not use glass or ceramic or breakable flower containers.
The cemetery personnel shall not be held responsible for loss or breakage
of any type of container. Every reasonable effort will be made to
care for flowers and containers placed on graves. But neither MCD
nor any of its employees will be responsible for anything of a movable
nature that may be lost due to theft, wind or other causes beyond
our control. Cut flowers will be removed twice a month.
• Funeral floral pieces will be removed as soon as they become
• Artificial flowers shall be treated the same as fresh flowers
during the mowing season. No more than two bouquets will be left on
each grave, in the set vases. If the flowers start to deteriorate,
cemetery employees will remove and dispose of them. Additional flower
bouquets may be placed on the grave for special holidays, for example:
Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, and Birthday's.
They will be allowed to remain for one week following the holiday.
• Only fresh, artificial or natural dried flowers shall be placed
on Mausoleum/ Niche fronts. District personnel shall have the right
to reject any flowers that they feel would stain, mar or in any way
damage the crypt or niche fronts.
• No person shall place or pour any sand, gravel, rocks, casting
plaster, wax or metal of any type in vases, jars, cans or flower containers
because of the hazards and safety issues concerning the public, employees
and the expensive equipment.
• No person shall place any figurines, statues, vases, potted
plants, metal hooks, plant hangers, bird houses, helium balloons,
pin wheels, toys, candles, containers or any other substance on any
marker or foundation, or plot unless so authorized by the rules and
regulations or written approval is given.