Rules & Guidelines

General Rules

It shall be the right and duty of the Directors, from time to time, to amend these policies as they deem necessary for the care of the Cemetery and the protection of the owners.

The below rules and regulations do not constitute all the rules and regulations of the Lexington Cemetery, but only those most pertinent to owners and visitors. Please contact our office should you have questions concerning our policies.

  • No lot owner may sell his lot or any portion thereof privately. The Lexington Cemetery will repurchase this lot at the original purchase price less the current transfer fee, providing no interments have taken place.
  • The Cemetery will not recognize transfers of ownership by will unless duly notified.
  • The owner of each lot shall have the right of beautification of his own lot, but in order to achieve the best results, all plantings must be done with the permission of the manager and completed under management’s supervision. See landscaping guidelines.
  • The Lexington Cemetery disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage from causes beyond its reasonable control. This includes theft, vandalism, explosions, unavoidable accidents, acts of war or acts of God.
  • Visitors are required to be appropriately dressed.
  • Shirt and shoes are required.
  • All pets must be kept on leashes at all times in order to keep them from damaging the flowers and shrubs. Pet owners must clean up any pet messes.
  • Motorcycles and bicycles are not permitted on Cemetery grounds beyond the Main Office building unless they are a part of a funeral procession.
  • Visitors should limit their sports activity in the Cemetery to walking.
  • Sunbathing is not allowed.
  • No climbing is permitted on monuments.
  • Parents should carefully watch children at all times, especially around lakes.
  • Parking is available by the Main Office building.
  • Speed limit on Cemetery roads is 20 miles per hour.
  • Anyone younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • No littering is allowed. Trash containers are available throughout the Cemetery grounds.
  • Individuals who vandalize will be prosecuted.
  • Picnics are not permitted. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought on to Cemetery property.
  • The Cemetery reserves the right to prohibit entrance to the Cemetery by the public at those times when the safety of visitors and preservation of the Cemetery is threatened by bad weather or similar factors.
  • Interments, entombments and inurnments will be made by The Lexington Cemetery personnel only after obtaining:
    a) authorization of the owner of the Cemetery lot, mausoleum crypt or columbarium niche;
    b) authorization of the nearest relative of the deceased; and
    c) approval of the Cemetery management.
  • An interment is not permitted on any lot with an existing indebtedness.
  • Scattering of remains in the Cemetery is prohibited except in the designated Scattering Garden. All scattering must be supervised by cemetery personnel.
  • All remains entombed in the mausoleum must be embalmed.
  • Placement of two bodies or cremated remains in the same casket is permitted with written permission from the nearest relative of both deceased persons.
  • In addition to the normal interment fee, there is an administrative charge for entering the name of the second deceased person in the Cemetery records.
  • Two persons may be interred in any one grave space, provided both inscriptions appear on the memorial.
  • Double depth interments are permitted provided that: a) The Lexington Cemetery approves the vault to be used; and b) the double depth interment is determined at the time of the first interment.
  • The Cemetery reserves the right to refuse the interment where soil conditions prohibit an additional grave depth. In addition to the regular interment fee, a charge will be made for the extra depth required at the time of the first interment.
  • For interments, all bodies must be placed in a supportive container, which is rigid, complete with carrying handles and approved by The Lexington Cemetery.
  • Urns must be made of an approved material such as bronze, marble, pewter, and other materials as approved by Cemetery management.
  • For mausoleum entombment, caskets cannot exceed 7’6″ in length, 2’7″ in width and 2’1″ in height.
  • The Cemetery shall not be held responsible for any order authorizing an interment given by telephone. Neither will it be responsible for any mistake occurring because of inaccurate instructions.
  • Because of their durability, we recommend purchasing granite, marble or bronze monuments. Concrete, wood, artificial stone, composition, tin or iron memorials are not permitted.
  • Only one marker per grave space is permitted.
  • One central or family memorial per lot is permitted. The Cemetery determines the location of all memorials.
  • Markers may range in height from ground level to one foot above the grade of the lot. The minimum size of a marker is two feet long and one foot wide, except in Babyland.
  • The length of the monument base cannot exceed 60 percent of the width of the lot where the monument will be erected. The front face of a memorial cannot exceed 15 percent of the lot’s square footage.
  • No memorial can be erected on any Cemetery lot without the Cemetery’s approval.
  • The Cemetery will install foundations for memorials. Therefore, the Cemetery is responsible for the foundation construction. Foundations are poured March through November.
  • An endowment for the future care of a private mausoleum is required and must be paid to The Lexington Cemetery “Special Care Endowment Fund” prior to the erection of a mausoleum.
  • No memorial can be placed on any lot with existing indebtedness.
  • The Board of Directors reserves the right to exclude or remove any memorial or other structure considered offensive, improper, injurious or unsightly to the surrounding lots or grounds.
  • Lithochrome is not permitted.
  • Flowerbeds planted in front of monuments or between aboveground markers are encouraged.
  • Fresh or live flowers are permitted and encouraged all year long.
  • Flowerbeds may extend one foot from the front and be as wide as the monument.
  • Flowerbeds are not allowed on lots which are restricted to flush memorials. Any plants placed on these lots will be removed by cemetery.
  • Flowerbeds should not extend past the monument’s width.
  • Annuals are recommended for use in flowerbeds instead of perennials.
  • Flowerbeds must be kept neat and properly maintained.
  • Toys, shells, balloons, decorative stones and similar articles may not be left on Cemetery lots.
  • Benches, concrete pots, boxes and other such items may not be installed on lots.
  • Artificial decorations are acceptable from Thanksgiving until the last day of February. Any remaining on March 1 will be removed and disposed of by the Cemetery staff.
  • The use of American flags is allowed any time during the year, with the following restrictions:
    -Maximum size 8″x12″
    -Plastic or fabric material attached to a wood or plastic staff
    -Staff height shall not exceed 30″
    -All flags must be securely placed in the ground or flower arrangement
    -If flag is in contact with ground, it will be removed as per instruction by accepted “Flag Etiquette”
    -A maximum of two flags may be used per family lot, one per single grave and one flag per crypt or niche at our Mausoleums and Columbarium.
  • The Lexington Cemetery retains the right to remove any flag that is offensive or has become worn/weathered and unsightly.
  • Edging or curbing is not permitted around the flowerbeds.
  • Rock, stone, or bark mulch is not allowed for use in flowerbeds.
  • Trellises or fences may not be placed on lots. Shrubs may not be planted without permission from a Cemetery management representative.
  • Hangers, brackets and other materials used for hanging plants or flowers may not be used. Saddles are not recommended to be placed on your monument. They may cause damage.
  • The use of eternal flames or solar lights and similar artificial/flame lighting is prohibited.
  • The use of photographs and picture frames as grave decorations is prohibited.
  • Peat moss is the preferred mulch used on flowerbeds. Finely shredded mulch may be used.
  • Pots and baskets are to be placed on the ground close to the monument.
  • Grave decorations must consist only of approved materials: small flower pots, wreaths and in-ground plantings where allowed. Plastic or terra cotta pots are preferred.
  • Shrubs may be removed at the lot owner’s expense if they become overgrown or unsightly. Consult the Cemetery staff if you want a shrub planted on your lot. They will determine what can be used in the available area and help with spacing.
  • Ivy may be planted on lots, but it must be cared for by Cemetery staff. There is an annual fee for this service.
  • The Cemetery must approve the cutting down or destruction of trees and shrubs situated on any lot.
  • The following are days the Cemetery will clean-up the grounds:
    March 1 — Spring Clean-up
    One Week after Easter — Easter Clean-up
    One Week after Memorial Day — Memorial Day Clean-up
    Any decorations placed on a lot which do not conform to the Cemetery’s policies will be removed.