Rights and Duties Relating to Cemeteries, Human Bodies and Anatomical Gifts

ORS 97.710
Power of cemetery authority to make rules and regulations


The cemetery authority may make and enforce rules and regulations for:


The use, care, control, management, restriction and protection of its cemetery;


Restricting and limiting the use of all property within its cemetery;


Regulating the uniformity, class and kind of all markers, monuments and other structures within its cemetery;


Prohibiting the erection of monuments, markers or other structures in or upon any portion of its property;


Regulating or preventing the erection of monuments, effigies and structures within any portion of the cemetery grounds and for the removal thereof;


Regulating the care or preventing the introduction of plants or shrubs within such grounds;


Preventing the interment in any part thereof of a body not entitled to interment therein;


Preventing the use of burial plots for purposes violative of its restrictions;


Regulating the conduct of persons and preventing improper assemblages therein; and


All other purposes deemed necessary by the cemetery authority for the proper conduct of its business and the protection and safeguarding of the premises and the principles, plans and ideals on which the cemetery was organized.


The cemetery authority from time to time may amend, add to, revise, change or modify such rules and regulations.


Such rules and regulations shall be plainly printed or typewritten and maintained, subject to inspection, in the office of the cemetery authority.

Notes of Decisions

This section did not give cemetery authority or power to make rules or regulations contravening requirements of ORS 97.220. Bash v. Fir Grove Cemeteries Co., 282 Or 677, 581 P2d 75 (1978)

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Atty. Gen. Opinions

Embalming dead human body without prior authorization from surviving spouse or next of kin, (1981) Vol 41, p 457


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