Rules and Regulations

Jonesville Cemetery

Rules and Regulations

All lots in the Jonesville Cemetery are sold in accordance with the provisions of the laws of NYS and shall not be used for any other purposes than as a burial place for deceased human beings.  To maintain the dignity and character of the Jonesville Cemetery, a set of rules and regulations have been developed for all who select this resting place.  These rules and regulations may be amended by the directors of the Jonesville Cemetery Association (JCA) and shall be in place when approved by the New York State Cemetery Board. (Revised January 2019)


  • Flowers and tasteful decorations may be placed on lots. Please remove faded artificial flowers. No metal hangers, solar lights or shepard hooks of any size or kind are to be placed on a lot.
  • Plantings shall be no more than 15″ from the monument.  No plantings in back of monument unless you own the lot in back of the monument. No trees, bushes or shrubs are to be planted without permission from the JCA.
  • Trees: Memorial trees may be donated and will be planted at the discretion of the superintendent.
  • Owners are responsible for seasonal trimming of their shrubs. Existing plantings which are unsightly or dead, shrubs intruding on a neighboring lots, plantings in the way of future interments or plantings which inhibit mowing will be removed or cut back at the discretion of the superintendent. When current contact information is available attempts to notice lot owners will be made. In the absence of current contact information, the superintendent may proceed with the removal.
  • Christmas decorations shall be removed by March 31. Spring cleanup will commence April 1 weather permitting. Owners are asked to remove artificial flowers and other decorations to assist in the clean-up. The Association assumes no responsibility for any flowers, decorations or personal items left on the lots.
  • The Jonesville Cemetery Association reserves the right to remove any embellishment on the lot, effigy or inscription which, in the opinion of the majority of the trustees deem offensive, unsightly or dangerous, or violates the rules.

Restrictions on Lots

  • No glass, ceramic or earthenware vases or containers of any kind are allowed. No crushed stone, brick chips, marble chips, mulch, etc. are to be used around monuments. No fences/retaining walls are permitted without prior written approval of the superintendent. These, if found, may be removed at the discretion of the superintendent.
  • Jonesville Cemetery Association does not permit the burial of any animals on cemetery property. [5/10/17] You could include animal cremains in a loved one’s casket when he/she is buried.

Operations of Cemetery

  • Hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset. If severe weather or hazardous conditions exist for example: snow, ice, excessive rain, the cemetery may be closed and no interments or placement of monuments will occur.
  • Permanent Maintenance: The term “permanent maintenance” refers only to the cutting of grass throughout the cemetery and around markers/monuments. We will not trim where items (flower pots, etc.) placed by the owner or others prohibit mowing.

Vehicles and Other Restrictions

  • Speed Limit: 5 MPH. Vehicles are to stay on roadways. No snowmobiles, ATVs, skateboarding. Please: no dog walking.
  • Safety: Do not lean on or allow children to play around monuments.

Monuments Requirements and Procedures

  • Corner Markers: Beginning in 2005, corner markers are required on all lots with the exception of cremation areas.
  • One Year Rule: Lot owners are required to place a permanent marker on their lot within one year after the first interment has occurred. Temporary markers may not be substituted for permanent markers.
  • Size: Monuments on cemetery lots must not exceed the following measurements: single grave lot (32″), double grave lot (42″), triple grave lot (52″), and four grave lot (62″).  Height: The height of monuments must be consistent in appearance with others in the part of the cemetery in which they are to be placed; specifically, a monument including base may be no taller than 3 feet on a single lot, and no taller than 4 feet on other lots. The height limitation refers to the highest part of the monument.  Thickness: Every monument shall be 6 – 8 inches in thickness; the granite base may be 12 – 14″ wide (front to back).  Bases of Monuments: The bases of all monuments shall be finished true and level so as to fit on foundations without wedging or sprawls. No monument will be allowed to be delivered in the cemetery until the foundation is installed unless otherwise permission is granted by the Superintendent.
  • Monument on Cremation Lot: a single flat, flush level plaque for a 4 x 4ft. cremation lot must be 12 x 24 inches (including a veteran’s bronze plaque). On a single 4×4 lot for a veteran and his/her spouse, a flat, flush veteran’s plaque and a separate 12 x 18 may be placed side by side. On a double cremation lot (4 x 8 ft. wide for 4 cremains), the flat, flush level plaque may be no more than 36 inches (left to right), 14 inches (top to bottom), no more than 4 inches thick.  No columbarium  monuments will be allowed as of January 1, 2020.  Other applicable Rules and Regulations concerning type of monument, process, etc. also apply.
  • Required Sketch: A sketch with dimensions, wording and graphics must be submitted to the Superintendent before the approval of all monuments. Failure to comply with these size rules will result in denial of the placement of the monument or removal at the owner’s expense. Embellishment to Monument: JCA may deny any embellishment, effigy, or inscription on the monument itself which, in the opinion of the majority of the trustees is not in keeping with the standards of good taste, appropriateness or traditional standards.  If the language on the monument is other than English, a written translation must be provided to JCA before being approved. Time Frame: The lot owner shall provide the required sketch to the Superintendent as soon as one is available but no less than 30 days before the monument is to be made. The monument shall NOT be made until the Superintendent has approved in writing the initial sketch with dimensions. Depending on the original sketch, the Superintendent may require a final sketch (with dimensions) for written approval to verify that the final monument reflects the previously approved monument.
  • Number of Monuments on Lots: On a multi-grave lot the owner may choose to erect one monument that would list all people who are or will be interred in the lot. This monument must meet the requirements previously listed to comply with the size of the lot purchased. In lieu of this the lot owner can choose to erect a single monument on each grave in compliance with the rules and regulations. Only one monument per grave is allowed at any time with the exception of a veterans plaque which is placed at the foot of the grave.
  • Material: All monuments or markers must be constructed of granite or marble to match others in the cemetery. Bronze plaques (such as military plaques) may be on a separate foundation or on the monument itself.
  • Delivery: The monument company will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with the Superintendent. The monument will be delivered and superintendent shall be present for the delivery and placement of the monument unless he determines otherwise.
  • Non-Traditional Monument Makers: When a property owner hires a non-traditional monument maker to design a monument, it is doubly important for the property owner to insist that cemetery requirements (listed above) are followed. If the Superintendent feels that a detailed sketch with all measurements of a non-traditional monument requires Board approval, he will call a meeting of the Board to review cemetery requirements and the submitted sketch. In this case, it is absolutely imperative for the lot owner NOT to proceed with ordering the monument until the Superintendent and Board have approved the proposed monument in writing. Depending on the monument, the Superintendent and Board may require a second sketch of the proposed non-traditional monument to make sure it meets the requirements established through the review process. Any monument which fails to meet these requirements will NOT be allowed in the cemetery even if it has been manufactured and paid for by the property owner.
  • Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the property owner to make sure that any monument meets cemetery requirements, procedures and decisions. It is NOT the responsibility of the cemetery.
  • Foundations: All foundations must be constructed by a company appointed by the Jonesville Cemetery Association and is included in the total cost of the monument company. The JCA does not determine the cost of the foundation.


Additional Rules and Regulations:

Interments: Notice of burial or memorial services must be given to the Superintendent at least twenty-four hours previous thereto. The Superintendent or a suitable representative shall be in attendance at every burial. No interment or memorial service shall be allowed without permission being first obtained from the Jonesville Cemetery Association (JCA). All interments or memorials will be arranged by the JCA through the superintendent of grounds. At the time of applying for permission, the following information must be furnished: (1) name of deceased (2) age of deceased, including date of birth, if known (3) place of birth of deceased, if known (4) date of death (5) time and date of interment (6) if a minor, the names of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of deceased.

Lot owners are prohibited from allowing interments to be made on their lots for compensation. Interments in a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial therein according to the terms of Section 1512 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. Permission for burial of those not entitled to burial according to the said Section, must be filed with the Jonesville Cemetery Association by the lot owner(s).

Funerals must be at the cemetery by 3 p.m. in order that the workers will have sufficient time to properly close the grave and remove equipment before 6 p.m. Interments on Sundays and Holidays may occur with the approval of the JCA and and with an additional charge. Graves will not be opened between December to April when frost and weather conditions warrant such refusal. Concrete vaults or concrete grave liners will be required for interments in all graves in accordance with the provisions of Cemetery Board Directive 201.6.Burial positions: the man will be interred on the left and the woman on the right as one faces the head of the monument, unless the owners request a change at the time of the sale of property or at the time of notification of the pending interment. In the case of cremains, both cremains will be interred side by side near the head monument. The burial of items of importance to the family with the deceased shall be placed in the casket by the family or funeral director. Similar items must be confined to the size of the opening in the ground for the burial of cremains.

No. of Interments on Lot: On a 4’x10’ lot the JCA allows one full body and one cremains or two cremains. On a 4’x4’ lot one or two cremains are allowed. Third  and 4th cremains are permitted on a single lot at an additional charge.

Interments in Other Locations: The Association will honor a special request from a lot owner to place the name and dates of the deceased on the memorial monument without having the person interred in the cemetery or a burial permit/cremation certificate presented to the Association for filing in the Town Clerk’s office. A notation will be made in cemetery records by the Secretary that the person was interred elsewhere.

Cremations: Cremated remains will not be permitted to be scattered in any part of the cemetery. The interment of cremated remains will be permitted only in appropriate rigid receptacles such as wood, metal, plastic or concrete. Cremains will not be covered permanently by a head monument or military plaque.

Disinterment will be allowed between April 1 and November 30 provided there is compliance with all provisions of Section 1510 (e) of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. No body shall be removed after burial without the consent of the JCA Trustees, and only under their direction, on a written order of the proprietor of the lot. No grave shall be opened for burial or removal excepting by employees of the Association.

Responsibility Concerning Interments: The Association shall not be responsible for any interment or instructions concerning an interment given by telephone or any mistake occurring due to lack of proper instructions from lot owners, their legal representatives or funeral directors acting on behalf of the owner or his/her heirs as to the particular grave location where an interment is to be made. The Association reserves the right to make an equitable charge whenever additional labor costs result from such a mistake. Before a grave is prepared by the Association and if a layout sheet does not indicate burial position, a member of the family of the deceased or their legal representative must come to the cemetery to point to the burial spot on a multi-grave lot (more than 2 graves) and note the location on a written layout plan kept by the cemetery. The family member or legal representative must sign a document indicating the approval of the location of the burial.

Layout Plan on Multi-grave Lots: If not done at the time of sale, owners of a multi-grave lot (more than 2 graves) must complete and submit to the Association within two months from the date of sale (indicated on the deed) a preliminary layout plan provided by the Association to indicate who is to be interred in each grave. 

Lot Buy Back Policy:  Before any burial shall have been made in any such lot, plot or part thereof, or, if all the bodies/cremains therein have been lawfully removed, the lot owner may sell or convey such lot, plot or part thereof upon notice to the cemetery.  Such sale shall only occur in those instances where the owner of such lot, plot or part thereof shall have offered it to the cemetery corporation.  This offer must be made in writing and sent to the JCA by registered or certified mail within one year prior to any plot transaction. The lot owner will receive from the JCA, the price paid for the lot at the time of purchase minus the cost any corner markers purchased.  The disposition of the corner markers is up to the seller. They can dispose of them or donate them to the cemetery.  If the lot owner does not accept the cemetery’s terms they may sell the lot on the open market.  At the time of the sale or conveyance to a third party the owner must forfeit the original deed to the cemetery association with a notarized letter stating the name, address and contact information of the new owner.  The cemetery will then issue a deed to the new owner. An administration fee of $50.00 will be charged.

Change in Original Deed: The official deed will reflect the understandings between the lot owner and the Association as to the number of people to be interred on a lot. Any later change in that number must be first approved by the Association and may result in additional cost to the lot owner before an interment may occur.

Prohibitions: All persons are prohibited from picking any flowers, wild or cultivated; or from breaking any tree, shrub or plant. All persons are forbidden to write upon, or deface any monument, monument, fence, or other structure in, or belonging to the cemetery. No motorized sports vehicles are allowed. All persons violating the rules and regulations of this Association will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Vehicles in Cemetery: Riding or driving a vehicle within the cemetery grounds excepting on the roads is forbidden. All funerals, processions and vehicles will be under the control of the superintendent while in the cemetery. Heavy trucking or other vehicle traffic shall be refused entrance to the cemetery when, in the opinion of the superintendent, injury to roads and driveways might result.

Work in Cemetery: All work done in the cemetery shall be done by cemetery employees or under the control or with the permission of the superintendent or board of directors.

Access to Cemetery Property: The Association reserves the right to restrict access to a burial site at the time of interment if weather (such as, rain, snow, ice, etc.) or hazardous conditions which in their judgment may pose a potential danger to family and visitors. If such conditions are determined to exist by the Superintendent or his designee, ceremonies will be held in another safer location eg: on level or more secure ground. Qualified personnel only, will be allowed to approach the burial site and participate in the actual interment when such restrictions are placed on family and visitors.


Jonesville Cemetery Association – PO Box 24 – Clifton Park, NY 12065