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Frequently Asked Questions


  »  How do I register a cemetery?

  »  Why does a cemetery have to register?

  »  Are all cemeteries required to register?

  »  How frequent should a cemetery renew it's registration?

  »  What is a distressed cemetery?

  »  What DE code applies to a distressed cemetery?

  »  What is Distressed Cemetery Fund?

  »  How do I apply for distressed cemetery funds?

  »  Who do I contact for help?

 

 


How do I register a cemetery?

Application packages to register a cemetery are available on the Delaware Health Statistics Center website or mailed upon request.  The registration fee is $10.

Mail the completed form to:

Candace Casto
Delaware Cemetery Board
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
 


Why does a cemetery have to register?

It is required by law (Title 29, Chapter 7906A, Delaware Code).  All cemetery companies and cemetery owners in this State shall register quinquennially (every five years) with the Cemetery Board and pay the registration fee determined by Department of Health and Social Services in an amount that approximates and reasonably reflects the costs necessary to defray the expenses of the Board.

Registered Cemeteries which qualify as distressed are eligible to apply for funding assistance from the Distressed Cemetery Fund.
 


Are all cemeteries required to register?

All cemeteries including family cemeteries, inactive cemeteries, small cemeteries, church cemeteries are required to register.
 


How frequent should a cemetery renew it's registration?

Cemeteries must renew every five years.
 


What is a distressed cemetery?

"Distressed cemetery" means any land or structure used or intended to be used for the interment of human remains whereby the owner lacks sufficient financial resources for the maintenance or preservation of said cemetery as determined by the Board.
 


What DE code applies to a distressed cemetery?

Delaware Code Title 29 Chapter 79A
 


What is the Distressed Cemetery Fund?

The fund is for assisting distressed cemeteries in making needed repairs and improvements. It is generally not used for annual lawn maintenance expenses.
 


How do I apply for distressed cemetery funds?

  1. A cemetery has to be registered with the State of Delaware Cemetery Board. If they are not already registered with the state board, they need to complete and submit the attached application for registration.
  2. The cemetery must meet the definition of a distressed cemetery.
  3. The applicant must prove there is a need for the grant and submit the application.

The forms and applications should be sent to:

Candace Casto
Delaware Cemetery Board
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Candace.casto@state.de.us
 


Who do I contact for help?

For inquiries contact Candace Casto at 302-744-4541.
 

 

Link to Delaware Health Statistics Center main page



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