The Cemetery Board regulates for-profit cemeteries that offer perpetual care services or pre-need burial contracts, and that are required to maintain trust fund accounts. Cemeteries owned and operated by churches, the state, and all counties, cities, and towns are exempt from licensure and the board's jurisdiction. Additional exemptions are given to certain non-profit, association and family cemeteries.
The seven-member Cemetery Board is composed of four cemetery operators, one local government representative, and two citizen members.
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Applicants must read and understand the Cemetery Board Regulations (PDF). Application fees are not refundable.
DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.
NOTE: This is not an all-inclusive list and does not constitute legal advice. The entire Code of Virginia is accessible online and searchable at http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode.
The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.
Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=131&display=meetings
Applicants for Compliance Agent or Designee must complete a training program approved by the Cemetery Board.
K. Beth DuffieldP. O. Box 828Abingdon, Virginia 24212(276) 739-2496
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You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0010 (Licensing Section) or 804-367-8552, by FAX at 1-866-826-8863, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
Cemetery BoardDepartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233
No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.
Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.
No, the law specifically exempts cemeteries owned and operated by churches, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and all counties, cities and towns. Additional exemptions are given to certain non-profit, association, and family cemeteries. Please contact the Board office for specific information.
The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers is responsible for regulating funeral directors, funeral establishments and crematories. That Board is housed at the Department of Health Professions. More information is available calling (804) 367-4479, or by visiting www.dhp.virginia.gov.
Yes. All individuals selling for a licensed cemetery must obtain their salesperson registration from the Cemetery Board. Application forms are available on this web site or can be obtained by contacting the Board office.
Vaults or grave liners are not required by law, but cemeteries may have their own policies requiring them, because they keep the ground from settling after burial and make mowing and maintenance easier. Be sure to check a cemetery's rules and regulations for this and other requirements before you sign a contract.
The Cemetery Board does not regulate the depth of graves, or how close graves can be to each other. Most cemeteries are guided by the requirements set forth by their locality, and in the event the locality has no requirements, by their individual rules and regulations.
The Cemetery Board does not regulate the prices charged by any cemetery. However, the law requires licensed cemeteries to provide a General Price List (GPL) when you inquire in person about burial arrangements and prices. When you contract for services with a licensed cemetery, the law requires the cemetery to give you an itemized statement of your final choices. Make sure the statement includes only those items you have selected. Get a total dollar amount in writing before you sign the contract.
If you have a complaint about a licensed cemetery or a cemetery salesperson, first try to settle it with management. If you cannot resolve the issue, you may file a complaint with the Regulatory Programs and Compliance Section.
For complaints you are unable to resolve with cemeteries that are not under the Cemetery Board's jurisdiction, contact an official of the managing organization.
Send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your registration number on your check. Also submit a Name/Address Change Form if you have moved or changed your name. Mail this information to:Cemetery BoardDepartment of Professional & Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233
No. The Cemetery Board's regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee. Board regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.
Yes. Regulation 18 VAC 47-20-100 B states that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.
The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.
Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.
Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.
DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.
Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).
Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option.
For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118).In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.
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