Rules and Regulations
The following rules and regulations have been adopted as a guide for the use and management of the Cemetery. The rules and regulations will help protect all who have interest here. All owners of internment rights, visitors and contractors performing work within the Cemetery shall be subjected to said Rules and Regulations, Amendments or Alterations as shall be adopted by the Board of Trustees of Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery (GSMC) from time to time.
General Rules and Regulations:
- Rules and Regulations of the cemetery and prices for burial plots and services are established by the GSMC and become effective upon approval by GSMC.
- GSMC may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right, at any time, with or without notice to plot owners, to adopt new rules and regulations or to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation and/or article, section or paragraph in these rules and regulations. Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of the rule may impose unnecessary hardship. GSMC, therefore, reserves the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions, or modifications in any of the rules and regulations when, in its judgment, the same appear advisable, and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or modifications shall in no way be construed as affecting the general application .
- GSMC retains to itself, for the benefit of all internment right owners, full and complete supervision, control and management of the land, buildings, improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development, books and records, and the full and complete authority rights and privileges to make, change, administer and enforce all Rules and Regulations and Restrictions not inconsistent with the Laws of the State of California and the County of Sacramento.
- All burial plots are sold in accordance with the provisions of the Laws of the State of California/County of Sacramento and shall not be used for any other purpose than as a burial place for deceased human beings.
- Plots must be paid in full before a burial is made.
- Visiting hours:
a. Hours of Operations:
i. Office Staff: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Weekdays
ii. Ground Staff: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
iii. Visiting: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Any person found on the cemetery grounds after closing will be considered a trespa sser.
- No person, other than employees of GSMC, shall be allowed to perform any work within the cemetery. without permission from the GSMC
- GSMC shall direct all improvements within the grounds and upon all lots before and after internments have been made herein.
- Charges for work and services performed, will be at rates as approved by GSMC.
- The use of GSMC land as a thoroughfare will not be permitted.
- The right to use automobiles or other vehicles in the cemetery is authorized solely and exclusively for the purpose of transporting persons to visit burial plots. The speed limit within the cemetery is fifteen (15) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving on any gardens or grassy areas are prohibited for purposes other than those obtained from GSMC.
- Bicycles, skates, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses, etc., may not be used on cemetery lands except with the prior approval of GSMC. Dogs are not permitted except when kept on a leash or in a vehicle.
- Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs into the cemetery compound is strictly prohibited.
- GSMC shall have the right to enter upon or use any adjoining plot or plots to carry out its duties as to internments, erection of monuments or markers, etc., without prior notice.
- No signs, notices, or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed in the cemetery unless approved by the Board of Trustees of GSMC.
- Peddling of any kind or soliciting the sale of any commodity other than by the GSMC, is prohibited within the confines of the GSMC By-Laws.
- Internments into a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial therein according to these Rules and Regulations.
- GSMC shall be in no way liable for any delay in the internment of a body where a protest to the internment has been made or where the Rules and Regulations have not been complied with; and further, GSMC reserves the right, under such circumstances, to place the body in the receiving vault until the full rights have been determined.
- No disinterment will be allowed without permission of next of kin, the lot owner, the GSMC and the proper authorities.
Plants and Flowers:
- No person shall plant any plant material on cemetery grounds. Donations of plant materials are acceptable; such plant materials will be selected and planted under direction of GSMC employee.
- Flower vases shall be set in the ground (not in the concrete border), flush with the ground and 1" minimum from marker. Any optional setting must be authorized. No "half set" vases are allowed.
- Flowers may be placed only in vases as previously stated, or if not available, in unbreakable containers placed at the head of the grave. Flowers in such temporary containers are subject to removal and disposal by GSMC personnel. No planting is permitted in any vase.
- Mosquito gel is required in all vases and containers, both temporary and permanent, for the purpose of mosquito control. Gel may be obtained free of charge from GSMC staff. Any container capable of holding water and not containing such gel is subject to removal by the cemetery staff.
- No person shall place or pour sand, gravel, rocks, cement, casting plaster, or metal of any kind in vases, cans, or flower containers because of hazards to equipment and public safety Violations are subject to removal by GSMC staff.
- Flower restrictions: Natural and artificial flowers are permitted all year. If flowers exhibit discoloration, fading, deterioration, or are out of season, cemetery employees will remove and dispose of them. Every reasonable effort will be made to take care of flowers and containers placed on graves but neither the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors nor any of its employees will be responsible for anything of a moveable character that may be lost, stolen, misplaced, or damaged.
- No person shall place on any grave statues, banners, flags, toys, boxes, globes, placards, shells, cans, jugs, bottles, rocks, pebbles, breakable objects, bric-a-brac of any description or any other object unless approved in advance by GSMC. GSMC reserves the right to reject or remove any temporary or permanent item/s deemed inappropriate.
- Glass containers are not permitted at any burial site at any time and will be removed by GSMC staff immediately.
- No person shall gather flowers nor disturb the growing plants on any plot for which they do not hold burial rights. Children are not to climb monuments and must be under the control of supervising adult.
- Except in the excavation for the completion of a burial, no person shall displace any earth or in any way damage the cemetery grounds or leave any grass, earth or rubbish of any kind. Dead flowers, discarded mosquito gel, and other rubbish must be placed in containers provided for that purpose.
- If any tree, shrub, plant or vine situated on any plot shall, by reason of roots, branches, height, or shade become detrimental or unsightly to adjacent plots, paths, streets or cemetery grounds, GSMC staff, or any other person authorized by the Board, may enter upon such plot and remove or trim such tree, shrub, plant or vine as deemed necessary.
- Each week cemetery employees remove unsightly (wilted flowers) decorations from graves, crypts and niches.
- It is not possible for employees to attend all areas of the cemetery during normal hours. As a consequence, there are occasions when flowers and decorations have been stolen. GSMC cannot assume any liability for decorations and/or flowers placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when selecting flowers or decorations for graves, crypts or niches and obtain prior approval for such items.
Incense and Oil:
- Any burning of incense or any combustible material shall require advance approval of GSMC and only under strict supervision and controlled scenerio. No combustible materials shall be left on a grave or elsewhere on the cemetery grounds at any time.
Markers and Monuments:
- GSMC memorial marker physical dimensions will be governed by the Monument Regulations table. All markers must be a minimum of 3" thick or set into 5" thick concrete foundation. Memorial markers shall be made of granite, marble, standard bronze, or other material approved by GSMC, which, however, reserves the right to review and allow or disallow markers of other kinds and characters upon prior written application by burial rights holders.
- GSMC is not liable for damage, theft, vandalism or deterioration of markers.
- Markers are to be set by cemetery employee or regular monument company employees only. The thickness of the cement foundation is determined by GSMC. The maximum number of markers per casket plot will be limited to two (2). Raised markers are permitted on select sites at the discretion of the Supervisor and upon payment of appropriate height surcharges.
- GSMC reserves the right to reject placement of a gravestone for either symbology or verbiage deemed inappropriate. All final monument etchings must be pre-approved by cemetery staff before placement.
- No marker will be permitted which might mislead the public into believing that remains are interred in a particular plot when, in fact, they are not. Such "memorial only" markers must bear some inscription indicating that there are no interred human remains associated with said marker. Birth and death dates of individual being memorialized must appear on marker.
- The Board of Trustees, Board of Directors and cemetery staff reserves the right to control ALL aspects of marker and monument setting, i.e location, position, size, orientation, concrete borders, flower vases, etc.
- No Quranic verses shall be inscribed anywhere in the grave and tombstones. GSMC shall inform the family to rectify the violation within 14 days of the date of citation. Failure to comply shall compel the cemetery staff to remove such object from the grave site.
All vehicles shall be parked in the designated lots in the cemetery compound. If additional parking is required, vehicles are required to park in the other cemetery property located on 6220 EAGLES NEST ROAD, north of 6330 Eagles Nest Road.
No vehicle shall be parked on either side of Eagles Nest Road, as this will create gridlock for the public vehicles using the thoroughfare.
Vehicles parked in fire lane designated by the red paint on the curb are in violation of the Traffic Code and shall be liable for citation and tow away.
Double parking, and parking in the designated lots for disable drivers without the Handicap sticker or tag, are strictly prohibited.