Locust Valley Cemetery Association, Inc.

Ruels and Regulations

The Cemetery’s Rules and Regulations play an important part in the beautification and preservation of the sacred resting place of the dead. They are intended not as restraining, but rather as defining an orderly plan of operation, care and permanent maintenance and preserving the appearance of dignity and serenity for the benefit of all plot holders. The Board of Directors may amend the Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery as it may deem requisite and proper.

1. The Cemetery will be open every day of the year from: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the winter and 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the summer.

2. The speed limit for all vehicles within the Cemetery is 12 miles per hour.

3. Dogs are not permitted in the Cemetery.

4. Plot holders shall not permit interments to be made in their lots for a remuneration. No transfer of lot ownership may be made without permission of the Board of the Locust Valley Cemetery Association, except as otherwise provided by law.

5. Plot holders are required to notify the Cemetery of any change in address. All notices required to be sent shall be sent to the last recorded address and such notices shall be deemed adequate.

6. Advertisements in any form are not allowed.

7. Any sign indicating that a lot is for sale shall not be permitted on the grounds.

8. Disinterments may be made on consent of the Board, the written consent of the owner or owners of the lot, and the surviving wife, husband, children (if of full age), and parents of the deceased. If the consent of any such person cannot be obtained, or if the Board refuses its consent, the consent of the State Supreme Court shall be required. Disinterments must be made by the Cemetery personnel.

9. Enclosures of lots are prohibited. Above-ground corner stones are not allowed.

10. Trees, shrubs or plants growing within the Cemetery shall not be cut down or destroyed or removed without the consent of the Cemetery authorities. If any trees or shrubs situated in any lot shall, by means of their roots or branches, become detrimental to the adjacent lots or avenues, or unsightly or inconvenient for visitors, the Cemetery personnel, upon due notice to the plot holder, shall have the right to enter the lot and remove the trees and shrubs, or such parts thereof, as they shall determine to be detrimental, unsightly or inconvenient, without liability for doing so.

11. No memorial, headstone, decoration, trees, shrubs or other objects may be erected, planted, placed on any lot or hung from trees or shrubs in the Cemetery without the approval of the Cemetery authorities. The authorities reserve the right to remove any such object placed upon any lot, or any planting which, in the opinion of the authorities detracts from an appearance of dignity and serenity, is unsightly, or dangerous or hinders the Cemetery staff in performing their work efficiently. Natural fresh flowers may be placed on any grave in the Cemetery. When they have wilted, they will be removed by the Cemetery personnel. Artificial flowers are permitted in winter months only and the Cemetery staff will remove them seasonally and when they become faded or unsightly.

12. Metallic urns, monuments or anything of any shape in metal will not be allowed upon lots in the Cemetery except for bronze. In the latter case, the plans and specifications must be first submitted to the Cemetery authorities for their approval. Bronze insignias (firemen and veterans) are permitted.

13. Chairs, benches and seats shall not be placed on lots, except those having an area of at least 1,000 square feet, and must be approved by the authorities.

14. Watering cans or other gardening utensils – if left on lots – will be removed by the Cemetery personnel and stored by the garage for a short period of time before being discarded.

15. The Board of Directors may from time to time lay out or alter the avenues of walks, roads and plantings.

16. All persons are reminded that those who violate the regulations of peace and tranquility of the Cemetery will be excluded from its grounds.


1. Contractors and their workmen, while employed at the Cemetery, shall do no work without permission of the Superintendent.

2. All persons doing monumental work, or making any improvement of change upon lots, shall file with the Cemetery authorities the design and plan of the work, and must provide a written order for such signed by the owner or owners of the lot or grave. The approval of the Cemetery authorities must be obtained and a permit secured before commencing the work or bringing any material into the grounds.

The first step for any improvement shall be a careful study of the lot and surroundings. The design, which must be approved by the Cemetery authorities, shall be made in harmony therewith. To avoid making unnecessary designs, the Cemetery authorities must be consulted in advance in order that the designer may learn what improvements will be allowed upon any particular lot.

a) Attention is particularly directed to the danger of over-crowding monuments which not only seriously mars the beauty and effectiveness of the design for the individual lot, but diminishes the attractiveness of all lots in the vicinity.

3. All monumental work must be designed and executed in such manner as to provide the most permanent construction. All anchors, cramps or dowels must be standard bronze. Joints in horizontal surfaces exposed to the weather should be avoided if possible. If such joints are accepted, they must be satisfactorily rabbeted or anchored.

4. All monumental work must be of stone of approved quality or of standard bronze. The most suitable and acceptable material is granite from established quarries.

5. Prior approval from the Cemetery authorities shall be required in order to erect at the head of a grave, a memorial of granite measuring no more than 8” above-ground (or 4’ above ground in sections E and F of the Third Addition), 3’ in length and 1’ in width. Coloring of any type in the lettering or on any part of the stone is not permitted; nor any photographs, covered or uncovered.

6. A sketch of the proposed stone showing the size, type and manner of lettering must be first submitted to the Cemetery authorities for approval.

7. Concrete vaults or concrete grave liners will be required for all interments in graves purchased.