Chapter 2.20


2.20.010    Annexation for cemetery purposes.

2.20.020    Burying required.

2.20.040    Grave plots/maintenance fees – Size and price.

2.20.050    Cemetery Board created – Objective.

2.20.060    Membership.

2.20.070    Meetings – Rules.

2.20.080    Repealed.

2.20.090    Duties and responsibilities.

2.20.100    Cemetery fund.

2.20.110    Violation – Penalty – Liability.

2.20.120    Rules and regulations.

Stat. Ref.: For provisions on city cemeteries in code cities, see RCW 35A.68.010.

2.20.010 Annexation for cemetery purposes.

A certain tract of land adjacent to the City used as a public burying ground, is annexed to and made a part of the City to be used for cemetery purposes in the manner provided for in this chapter. (Ord. 508 § 1, 1915).

2.20.020 Burying required.

It is unlawful for any person to bury or cause to be buried the body of any human being inside the limits of the City, or within 1 mile thereof, in any place other than the cemetery provided for in this chapter, or some other regularly established cemetery. (Ord. 508 § 2, 1915).

2.20.040 Grave plots/maintenance fees – Size and price.

Grave plots and maintenance fees shall be as follows:

Full-size grave (Upper Hillside Cemetery Section 2)


Full-size grave (all other sections)


Half-size grave (Upper Hillside Cemetery Section 2)


Half-size grave (all other sections)


Columbarium niche


Communal placement


Estate standard (two graves)


Estate double (four graves)


Maintenance fees at time of interment:

Adult casket burial


Infant or child casket burial


Cremation burial


Columbarium inurnment


Any marker/headstone set in cement


Double-deep graves


Processing fees:

Deed reissuance/replacement


Quitclaim deed/transfer of ownership


The Mayor may approve annual adjustments to the fees set forth above using the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area as measured from July 1st to July 1st.

(Ord. 2886 § 1, 2020; Ord. 2713 § 1, 2014; Ord. 2556 § 1, 2009; Ord. 2427 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2083 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1750 § 1, 1987; Ord. 1470 § 1, 1981; Ord. 508 § 4, 1915).

2.20.050 Cemetery Board created – Objective.

As of March 1, 1983, there is created a Cemetery Board to advise the Mayor in connection with the management and control of the City-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvement and expansion of the cemetery. (Ord. 1560 § 1, 1983).

2.20.060 Membership.

A. Qualifications. The selection of the Cemetery Board members shall be made from individuals who have an interest in or knowledge of cemetery operations. City residency is preferred, but not required; provided, however, a majority of the members shall be City residents; provided, an appointed incumbent moving outside the City may continue membership until his term expires even if such a move allows the majority of the members to be non-City residents; and provided further, that a non-resident, incumbent whose term has expired prior to that of the member who has relocated may be reappointed, regardless of the majority of the members of the Board being non-City residents.

B. Number of Members – Terms. The Cemetery Board shall consist of 5 members, each of whom shall be appointed for a term of 4 years. Terms shall expire the first day of May of each appropriate year.

C. Alternate Members. Up to 2 alternate members shall be appointed to serve in the absence of regular members. Alternates shall be selected by using the same qualifications specified under subsection A of this section. Alternate members shall serve for terms of 2 years.

D. Appointment. Members of the Cemetery Board shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Members shall be selected without respect to political affiliations and shall serve without compensation.

E. Removal. Members of the Cemetery Board may be removed by the Mayor, with concurrence of the City Council, for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for the unexcused absence from more than 3 consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the City Council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members finding themselves unable to attend regular meetings are expected to tender their resignations.

F. Vacancies. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this section. (Ord. 2269 §§ 1, 2, 2000; Ord. 2211 § 1, 1998; Ord. 1717 § 1, 1986; Ord. 1560 § 2, 1983).

2.20.070 Meetings – Rules.

A. The Cemetery Board shall organize and elect from its members a Chair, who shall preside at all meetings of the Board, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any proposition.

B. The Board shall determine a regular meeting schedule (time, place and frequency), as necessary, but no less frequent than once every 2 months. All regular meetings shall be open to the public.

C. The Board shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business, and shall keep a written record of its proceedings which shall be a public record. (Ord. 1560 § 3, 1983).

2.20.080 Staff support.

Repealed by Ord. 2341. (Ord. 1560 § 4, 1983).

2.20.090 Duties and responsibilities.

A. The Cemetery Board shall oversee the general care and operations of the City cemetery, and provide, therefor, in accordance with the annual City budget.

B. Duties of the Board shall include:

1. Recommend to the Mayor properties to be acquired or annexed to the City for cemetery purposes;

2. Recommend to the Mayor amounts to be charged for the sale of grave plots and service fees;

3. Cause as much of the cemetery as the Board may deem advisable to be platted and marked into lots and grave plots;

4. Ensure the maintenance of an inventory of lots (by map, drawing, or other means) of the cemetery by section, row and grave number;

5. Adopt rules and regulations relating to the care, improvement, landscaping, use and respect of cemetery property, and ensure their publication;

6. Do all other acts necessary for the orderly and efficient administration of the cemetery, including such other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the Mayor. (Ord. 1560 § 5, 1983).

2.20.100 Cemetery fund.

All moneys received by gift or bequest or upon trust, or from property held in trust for Cemetery purposes, shall be deposited in the Cemetery Fund, which is hereby created; and shall be held exclusively for the care, maintenance, and improvement of the City cemetery and/or for improving or embellishing the cemetery in any other manner or form consistent with the design and purpose of the City, according to the terms of the grant, devise or bequest. All other moneys received, either from the sale of lots or from any other source, shall also be deposited in the Cemetery Fund and used by the Cemetery Board for the general improvement, repair and upkeep of the cemetery. All expenditures from the Cemetery Fund shall be paid on warrants with the approval of the Cemetery Board and the City Council. (Ord. 1560 § 6, 1983).

2.20.110 Violation – Penalty – Liability.

Any person who wilfully destroys, mutilates, defaces, injures or removes any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure in such cemetery, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornament of such cemetery or tomb, monument or gravestone or other structure aforesaid, or of any cemetery lot within the cemetery, or who wilfully destroys, cuts, breaks or injures any tree, shrub, or plant within the limits of the cemetery shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction thereof before any court of competent jurisdiction be punished by a fine of not less than $5.00 nor more than $500.00 or imprisonment for a term of not less than 1 nor more than 30 days, according to the nature and aggravation of the offense. Such offender shall also be liable in an action of trespass in the name of the Cemetery Board, to pay all such damages as have been occasioned by his unlawful act or acts, which wrong, when recovered shall be applied to the reparation and restoration of the property destroyed or injured as set forth in this section. (Ord. 508 § 11, 1915).

2.20.120 Rules and regulations.

The Board of Cemetery Commissioners as heretofore established by ordinance is authorized to promulgate such rules and regulations as deemed appropriate relating to the care, improvement, landscaping, use and respect of cemetery property. Such rules and regulations shall be made available to the public by filing 3 copies of the same with the City Clerk and by publication in the local newspaper for 2 consecutive weeks. (Ord. 1160 § 1, 1974).