The grounds of the Andrew Chapel Cemetery (the “Cemetery”) are owned, operated,
administered and maintained by the Andrew Chapel Cemetery Association (the
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”).
The Board of Directors is represented by a Superintendent who is empowered to
carry out the directives of the Board and enforce the regulations of the
The Association, acting by and through the Board of Directors, has promulgated
the following rules and regulations which are necessary and appropriate for the
perpetual care and maintenance of the Cemetery and the safety and comfort of
Visitors to the Cemetery are limited to those individuals visiting specific
interment sites, conducting genealogical research or having business with the
Visiting Hours: Seven (7) days a week during daylight hours – The Cemetery is
closed to visitation at sunset each day.
No dogs are permitted on the Cemetery property except for guide dogs for
visually impaired individuals and specially trained dogs providing medical
services to individuals.
Firearms and weapons of any type are strictly prohibited on Cemetery property
except for those in the possession of a military guard of honor and only then
in connection with a military service.
Visitors are prohibited from leaving any candle, lamp, lantern or any other
device having a flame unattended while visiting the Cemetery. Open fires or
flames are strictly prohibited.
The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages, intoxicating liquids,
narcotics or controlled substances of any type are strictly prohibited on
Loud or profane language, or noise making that disturbs the quiet order of the
Cemetery are strictly prohibited.
No visitor shall deface, disturb or vandalize any structure, monument, head
stone, or personal property of any kind located upon the Cemetery property.
No individual shall litter the Cemetery property or discard trash or rubbish on
the Cemetery property except in receptacles for waste material.
Children under the age of fourteen (14) are not permitted on the Cemetery
property unless accompanied by a supervising adult.
The Association and/or the Superintendent are empowered to exclude from the
Cemetery any individual violating the Cemetery Regulations. Such individuals
shall be considered trespassers, and shall otherwise be subject to criminal and/or
civil action by the Board of Directors.
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PAYMENTS; INTERMENT REGULATIONS; MARKERS; MONUMENTS
PAYMENT TERMS: As is common practice by cemeteries, all payments
due to the Cemetery and/or our designated grave digger for lot fees, interment
management fees, deed transfer fees, and grave digging fees MUST be received
prior to or at the interment service. There are NO exceptions to this
Payment by check is acceptable.
If a funeral home is managing the interment, the Cemetery requires that all
funeral directors indicate to the Superintendent that they are in receipt of
the payment check(s) prior to the interment. If not, the interment will be
Further, at their discretion, the Cemetery Superintendent may elect to disallow
any interment that is not properly and fully paid, even if the decedent body
and the interment party are present at the Cemetery. The funeral director will
be instructed to re-schedule the interment if full payment has not been
PLEASE be prepared to make full payment prior to interment. Again, there are no
allowances, grace periods, or exceptions.
Please note that any check returned for insufficient funds will be charged an
additional $50 insufficient funds service fee.
The Cemetery board reserves the right to enforce all insufficient funds
collection options to the full extent of the law. This may include the filing
of criminal fraud charges and any other actions that are within the rights of
the Cemetery. Further, no monument placements will be permitted on any lot for
which a payment is due.
The Cemetery has no provisions for payment-over-time, discounts, or partial
payments. Full payment of all fees are due at time of interment.
Credit card and electronic transfer payments will incur an additional 3.5% fee
on the balance due, and must be processed through Paypal.
LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR REQUIREMENT: Full-body ground burials
(with a required vault) MUST be arranged and managed by a funeral home that is
DPOR-licensed to do business in the state of Virginia. This requirement is to
protect both the family and the Cemetery from any failure to comply with
various laws regarding death certificates and transfer of remains.
In addition, funeral homes have the proper equipment and experience to manage
the transfer of the body, vault requirements, and other practical
Family-managed full-body vault burials are not permitted in Andrew Chapel
THE URN EXCEPTION: Please note that urn interments, either in the
ground or in the columbarium DO NOT require oversight by a Virginia licensed
funeral director. Families may make their own interment arrangements with the
VAULT REQUIREMENT: All full-sized interments shall be made in vault
(a non-permeable container) constructed of metal, concrete, asphalt, plastic,
fiberglass or other approved material. Caskets are not vaults. No full-sized
casket interment shall be made in a wooden casket unless such wooden casket is
enclosed and sealed within a non-permeable container or vault, made of metal,
concrete, asphalt, plastic, fiberglass or other approved material.
All labor in connection with any interment or installation and sealing of a
vault or other container may only be performed by persons approved in advance
by the Association, which includes Virginia-licensed vault vendors.
GRAVE DIGGING: The Cemetery has a designated grave digger. For
operational reasons, alternative grave digging vendors are not permitted in the
Cemetery unless our designated grave digger cannot fulfill a scheduled
interment. Grave digging costs are payable directly to our designated grave
digger, and payment and scheduling should be coordinated through your funeral
For any interment service that requires grave digging, we respectfully ask that
the family limit the service length to 1 hour maximum, unless extended
scheduling is approved in advance by the superintendent. The grave digger often
has additional obligations to complete at other cemeteries, and we ask that he
be permitted to begin closing the grave no later than one hour after the
commencement of the service, unless exceptions are approved in advance.
LOTS: Each single Burial Lot (3.5 ft. x 10 ft. in dimension) may be
used to inter either one or two individual remains. If a single interment is
made, the interment may be in either a casket or an urn. If two remains are
interred in a single Burial Lot, only one may be interred in a casket. One or
both of the two sets of remains must be in an urn.
NICHES: A niche in the columbarium may hold one or two urns. If two
urns are to be placed in a niche, they must be interred at the same time.
Niches, once sealed with an interred urn(s) are not intended to be
INTERMENT SERIVCE CANOPIES, CHAIRS, ETC.: For full body interments,
we strongly suggest that families coordinate with their funeral director
regarding any chairs, canopies, tables and other features that may be wanted at
an interment. Your funeral director will coordinate this with your vault
For urn interments in the ground, where no funeral home is involved, families
may coordinate directly with vault companies for the rental of chairs,
canopies, tables and other features. Please contact our Superintendent for a
list of preferred vendors.
Families may also place their own chairs, canopies, and tables at any
interment, but these items must not interfere with the timely closing of the
grave by our gravedigger, and families must remove all materials within one
hour of the completion of their interment ceremony.
Families should also keep in mind that rental canopies are much larger and more
weather resistant than recreational canopies.
MONUMENT LIABILITY WAIVER: The Cemetery assumes no risk for the
placement of any monument in the Cemetery. This includes damage or loss due to
any reason, including the necessary conduct of Cemetery operations.
The Cemetery has limited financial resources to protect itself from risks
inherent with the placement of high-value monuments that are becoming common
today. We expect all lot owners to understand that the placement of a monument
is undertaken fully at their own personal financial risk.
ALL NEW MONUMENT INSTALLATIONS at Andrew Chapel Cemetery now require the
monument owner to agree to and present the Cemetery with a signed copy of
Liability Waiver, available here.
No new monument installations will be permitted without the receipt of the
signed waiver by the monument owner. No exceptions.
Only one monument may be placed at the “head” of each single Burial Lot (2 ft
deep by 36 inches wide, per lot).
Monument Regulations: For the safety consideration of all lot owners and visitors to
the Cemetery, and to prevent monuments from excessively blocking the view of
monuments placed behind them, the following size restrictions will apply. All newmonuments must comply with ALL of these limits:
- All new monuments shall not exceed five (5) feet in height.
- Single lot monuments are limited to 9 square feet of "face area",
including the base. Example: A 36 inch wide single is limited to 3 feet in height (9 sq ft).
- Double width lot monuments are limited to 20 square feet of face area. Triple width monuments may not exceed 30 square feet of face area, including the base. Double or triple width monuments may not exceed 3 feet in height.
- The aspect ratio (height/width) of any upright may not exceed 1.5. Example: A 24 inch wide single may not exceed 36 inches in height.
Such "header or upright monuments" must be located entirely within the
boundaries of the burial lot and within the top two (2) feet of the boundary
delineated as the “head” of the Burial Lot. For Cemetery maintenance reasons,
in no case shall upright or above-ground markers be permitted outside of the
two foot header boundary.
Additional markers may be placed at the “foot” of each single burial Lot. ALL
such monuments shall be installed at ground level so as not to interfere with
mowing, trimming and other ground maintenance operations. Such monument must be
located entirely within the boundaries of the burial lot.
Full ledgers are permitted if the top surface is flush mounted with the ground.
Raised ledgers and other types of above-ground monuments located outside of the
header portion of the lot ARE NOT PERMITTED, for Cemetery maintenance
Any new installations of decorative rock beds and/or gravel beds ARE NOT
PERMITTED in Andrew Chapel Cemetery.
Benches are permitted if they are placed within
the header boundaries and made from granite material.
All other monument configurations (triple-wide bases, etc.) that do not meet
these regulations will need the approval of our board of directors prior to
Monuments that exceed the height of ground level shall be set on footers.
Footers must be installed as poured concrete wet mix, at least 18 inches deep.
Dry packing concrete mix is not permitted for use as footer material! This
standard is intended to address the problems attendant to ground freezing and
thawing, which causes monuments to tip and tilt.
Monument Removal Rights: The Andrew Chapel Cemetery board of directors
reserves the right to remove any monument from the Cemetery grounds, for any
Monument Content and Public Promotion Policy:
The Cemetery is intended as a place of respect for loved ones, and it is not to
be used for the promotion of causes or for tangential publicity purposes of any
kind. Any party who encourages general public traffic to visit the Cemetery
risks monument removal.
The Cemetery strongly discourages the use of controversial monument designs,
images and inscriptions on any monument. This includes racism, political
activity, promotion of illegal activity, and other provocative subject
Again, the Andrew Chapel Cemetery board of directors reserves the right to
remove any monument from the Cemetery grounds, for any reason.
Exceptions to the foregoing regulations concerning interment, markers and
monuments must be requested in writing and submitted to the Board of Directors
for consideration at least ninety (90) days in advance of any such interment or
placing of monuments or markers. Such request may be denied or approved within
the sole and absolute discretion of the Board of Directors.
ACCOMMODATION OF CEMETERY OPERATIONS
Lot owners agree by default that ordinary Cemetery operations will take place
as necessary on their lots, whether the lots are interred or still open for
burial. The Cemetery cannot set aside specific lots as "not to be
disturbed" by foot or vehicle traffic. Bordering or fencing a lot is
specifically not permitted and any such features WILL be removed.
Cemetery operations include regular mowing and grounds maintenance, as well as
all foot traffic and equipment related to the accommodation of funeral service
functions and monument placement tasks conducted on behalf of nearby lot
owners. The Cemetery will make all necessary repairs in the event of grounds
FLOWERS; PLANTS; ORNAMENTATION
Flowers & Plants: Cut or artificial flowers arranged in a vase
or other container may be placed proximate to grave markers at any time,
preferably in a container attached to the grave marker. With respect to niches
located within the columbarium, cut or artificial flowers may only be arranged
in the cup and holder provided by the Association.
Flowers, wreaths, special holiday plants and other adornments will be removed
and discarded by the Board of Directors (“Board”) after thirty (30) days or at
any time that the Board, in the Board’s sole discretion deems them to (i) be
unsightly and not in keeping with the general appearance of the Cemetery, or
(ii) unduly interfere with mowing, trimming and other ground maintenance
No plantings of trees, shrubs, bushes or plants of any nature shall be
permitted by lot owners at any location within the Cemetery.
Ornamentation: Subject to the following prohibitions, decorations
and ornaments may be placed on or attached to grave markers provided that (i)
they are placed in such a manner so as not to interfere with mowing, trimming
and other ground maintenance operations and (ii) they are not unsightly or
otherwise not in keeping with the general appearance of the Cemetery as
determined in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors.
Benches, chairs, tables, trellises, fencing or any structures other than
permitted markers and monuments are prohibited. Benches made from granite, and
permanently placed as monumnets, are permitted.
Unattended candles, lamps or lanterns are prohibited. Fires or open flames of
any type are strictly prohibited.
Ornaments or devices that emit electronically produced sound, music, noise or
light may not be left unattended in or about the Cemetery.
Authority of Association: The Association and/or the Superintendent
shall have authority to remove and dispose of any flowers, plants,
ornamentation or structures of any type deemed by the Board of Directors to be
in violation of the Cemetery rules and regulations.
The Association shall not be liable for any lost, discarded or damaged flowers,
plants or ornamentation placed on or about the Cemetery property.
Subject to Change
The Association reserves
the right to change policy and regulations without notice.