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Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers / Burial Services

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Cemetery/Burial

 

FAQ's:

  1. Do all cemeteries have to register with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?
  2. We would like to start a family cemetery. Do we need approval from the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?
  3. We are thinking about starting a community cemetery. Do we need approval from the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?
  4. Does a body have to be buried in a vault?
  5. Can I put any type of monument I want on a grave?

 

Do all cemeteries have to register with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?

 

No. Only cemeteries that operate as commercial enterprises are required to register and renew their registration each year with the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section. Church cemeteries, family cemeteries, community cemeteries, military cemeteries and cemeteries owned and operated by a municipality are exempt from registration and annual licensing requirements.

 

We would like to start a family cemetery. Do we need approval from the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?

 

No, the Burial Services Section does not have control or jurisdiction on starting family cemeteries. Local laws and city/county zoning ordinances dictate family burial sites.

 

We are thinking about starting a community cemetery. Do we need approval from the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services Section?

 

Yes. Every cemetery seeking a Community Cemetery Exemption must obtain approval from the Commissioner of Department of Commerce and Insurance by application to the Burial Services Section. Those seeking the exemption must supply specific detailed information about the cemetery to the Burial Services Section.

 

Does a body have to be buried in a vault?

 

No, however, some cemeteries require that the casket be placed in an outer burial container that meets certain minimum standards set forth by the cemetery.

 

Can I put any type of monument I want on a grave?

 

No. Every cemetery company has the right to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the cemetery, and those rules must be followed.