Rules and Regulations
Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries
As Adopted by the
Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association
on April 9, 2015
(Replaces and supercedes previous Rules and Regulations from 1934.)
The Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association’s Rules and Regulations originally were adopted in 1934. The Rules and Regulations have been revised to maintain compliance with Cemetery & Funeral Bureau requirements. The Rules and Regulations remain subject to review by the Board of Directors of the Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association.
Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries follow all California Public Health & Safety Code Rules and Regulations.
Burial rights in Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries are conveyed for burial purposes of human remains only, subject to such Rules and Regulations as are now or hereafter put into force by the Board of Directors of the Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association.
- All visitors to the Cemetery shall conduct themselves in a respectful and reverent manner. Loud music and other disruptive behavior are not allowed.
- All work done on Cemetery grounds by a commercial enterprise must receive authorization from the Cemetery office.
- No one is permitted on Cemetery grounds between Sundown and Sunrise.
- The Board of Directors of Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association reserves the right to make changes or permit modifications to any of these Rules and Regulations without notice. Any temporary exceptions or modifications shall in no way be construed as affecting the general application of these Rules and Regulations.
- The Board of Directors shall establish all fees. A schedule of current fees is available at the Cemetery office.
- No interment/inurnment shall be allowed or other services rendered until all charges for burial rights, Endowment Care, interment, and/or overtime have been paid in full.
- Overtime charges will be assessed for Saturday and late afternoon weekday burials. All overtime fees shall be paid in advance of interment.
Ownership & Burial Rights
- Upon full payment for a grave, burial rights for said grave are conveyed to the purchaser or to the party designated by the purchaser on the purchase contract. This person shall be known as the “Owner.”
- Only the Owner can authorize interment/inurnment in a grave.
- Upon the death of the Owner, California inheritance laws will be followed in establishing successorship rights, unless a successor has been designated prior to the Owner’s passing.
- The Owner shall not be allowed to re-sell or transfer any burial right(s), except back to Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association or to qualified family members.
- The Owner is the only person authorized to re-sell or transfer burial rights to Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association.
- Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association shall repurchase burial rights at the original purchase price. In the event that documentation of the original purchase price is not available, the Association shall repurchase burial rights at one-half (1/2) of the current price of burial rights. Endowment Care Fund contributions are not included in calculating the price at which graves may be repurchased.
- Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association will repurchase burial rights only at such time as a new buyer for said graves has been identified.
- No interment/inurnment shall be allowed in a lot for which full payment has not been received.
- Burial authorization (Interment/Inurnment Authorization) shall be signed by an authorized representative, as determined by California law, before the grave is opened.
- A cement burial liner or a cremation liner is required for all interments/inurnments. Such liners shall be purchased through the Cemetery.
- No disinterment shall be allowed except on the written authority of an authorized representative, as determined by California law, except by court order.
- The date and the hour of all funeral services shall be cleared with the Cemetery office.
- Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association reserves the right to correct any errors that may occur.
Care & Maintenance of Graves
- Only the maintenance staff of Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries shall plant, remove or trim any trees, shrubs, flowers, or grass. Donations for trees, shrubs, and flowers are acceptable, but will be selected and planted under the direction of the Board of Directors.
- Only the maintenance staff of Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries shall excavate any earth, lay or remove any sod, or alter the grade of any lot within the Cemetery.
- Fresh cut flowers, artificial flowers, other floral arrangements or plants, or any other ornaments or decorations will be removed and disposed of if they are determined to be hazardous or unsightly. The final determination of what is hazardous or unsightly is at the sole discretion of the Cemetery staff.
- Glass, ceramic, clay, and other breakable containers will not be allowed at any time.
- All cut flowers shall be placed in the flower vases provided within the marker foundation. Jars, other vases, and tin cans are not allowed.
- Faded floral arrangements (fresh or artificial) will be removed and discarded as time permits.
- Following an interment/inurnment, the casket spray and other floral arrangements will be removed from stands and placed on the interment/inurnment site. These flowers will be removed and discarded when they begin to wither or become unsightly.
- No curbing or masonry shall be installed, except by the maintenance staff of Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian Cemeteries.
- Fences of any kind are not allowed around graves.
- The Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association may repair or remove any headstone, monument, or other structure that may create a hazardous situation.