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Frequently Asked Questions


  »  How do I register a cemetery?

  »  Why does a cemetery have to register?

  »  Are all cemeteries required to register?

  »  How frequent should a cemetery renew its registration?

  »  What is a distressed cemetery?

  »  What DE code applies to a distressed cemetery?

  »  What is the Distressed Cemetery Fund?

  »  Who is eligible to apply for distressed cemetery funds?

  »  How do I apply for distressed cemetery funds?

  »  Who do I contact for help?

  »  Who do I contact for theft or vandalism of a cemetery?

  »  Who do I contact for complaints about a cemetery?

 


How do I register a cemetery?

Registration forms are available on the Delaware Health Statistics Center website or emailed/mailed upon request.  The registration fee is $10 and the check or money order is made payable to the State of Delaware.

 

Mail the completed form with payment to:

Candace Casto
Delaware Cemetery Board
Delaware Health Statistics Center
Jesse Cooper Bldg
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
 


Why does a cemetery have to register?

It is required by law (Title 29, Chapter 7906A, Delaware Code).  All cemetery companies and cemetery owners in this state shall register quinquennially (every five years) with the Cemetery Board and pay the registration fee determined by the Department of Health and Social Services in an amount that approximates and reasonably reflects the costs necessary to defray the expenses of the Board.

 

Cemeteries must be registered before they can apply for assistance from the Distressed Cemetery Fund.
 

Are all cemeteries required to register?

All cemeteries, such as family, inactive, abandoned, small, and church cemeteries  ̶  as well as cemeteries located on government land  ̶  are required to register.  The registration fee is waived for cemeteries located on government land and may be waived for inactive or abandoned cemeteries.

 


How frequent should a cemetery renew its registration?

Cemeteries must renew every five years.
 

 

What is a distressed cemetery?

Per 29 Del. C., § 7902A (6),  "Distressed cemetery" is defined as any land or structure used or intended to be used for the interment/entombment of human remains, including facilities used for the final disposition of cremated remains, whereby the owner lacks sufficient  financial resources for the maintenance or preservation of said cemetery as determined by the Board.  An abandoned cemetery may qualify as a distressed cemetery if registered with the State by a responsible party/volunteer.
 

 


What DE code applies to a distressed cemetery?

Delaware Code Title 29 Chapter 79A
 

 


What is the Distressed Cemetery Fund?

Cemeteries must be registered before applying for funds. The fund assists distressed cemeteries in making needed repairs and improvements or for purchasing equipment or structures to maintain/preserve it. It is generally not used for annual lawn maintenance expenses.  Examples of past awards include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Repair/reset tombstones/mausoleums/structure for burials
  • Repair/replace fences/gates, railings, sidewalks
  • Tree service (removal or trimming)
  • Purchase of cemetery maintenance equipment and shed to store cemetery equipment
  • Clear out overgrown brush/trees in cemetery (not for general lawn maintenance)


Who is eligible to apply for distressed cemetery funds?

 

  1. A cemetery must be registered with the State of Delaware, Division of Public Health, Delaware Cemetery Board. If they are not already registered with the State Board, complete and submit the attached registration form.
  2. The work must be proposed projects and not for a reimbursement of past expenditures.
  3. The cemetery must meet the definition of a distressed cemetery.
  4. The applicant must prove there is a financial need.


How do I apply for distressed cemetery funds?

 

An application package (completed and signed application, three vendor quotes, photos of work or equipment needed, recent financial information - income/expense report, bank statements of all accounts, and documented volunteer hours for past three years by project, if applicable) must be sent two weeks before a scheduled meeting to the administrative officer at the following address.  The applicant or a cemetery representative must attend the meeting to discuss the application with the Board.



Candace Casto
Delaware Cemetery Board
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Candace.casto@state.de.us
 


Who do I contact for help?

For inquiries contact Candace Casto at 302-744-4541 or Candace.casto@state.de.us.
 

 


Who do I contact for theft or vandalism of a cemetery?

  • Call the local police where the cemetery is located.


Who do I contact for complaints about a cemetery?

  • Call the city or county office where the cemetery is located for the code violations (e.g., overgrown and grass not mowed).
    • New Castle Code Enforcement: 302-395-5555
    • Kent Inspections and Enforcement: 302-744-2451
    • Sussex Code Enforcement: 302-855-7819
  • Delaware Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Unit

    • New Castle County: 302-577-8600
    • Kent County:302-739-7641
    • Sussex County: 302-856-5353
    • Toll-free Hotline: 800-220-5424
  • Better Business Bureau

    • 302-221-5255

  • International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association Cemetery (ICCFA) Consumer Service Council- Complaint Resolution Services

    • 703-391-8400
    • Toll-free 800-645-7700

 

Link to Delaware Health Statistics Center main page



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