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Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight

The Office of Cemetery Oversight was established in Title 5 of the Business Regulation Article of the Maryland Annotated Code by the Maryland Legislature in August 1997. It was placed under the regulatory authority of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The office provides high standards of performance in the death care industry; enhances healthy economic competition; promote consumer confidence in burial goods, products, and services; and provides structure and oversight to pre-planning arrangements. The Office provides a responsive complaint/resolution process for consumers and operates a fair and effective regulatory enforcement system for cemeteries, monument dealers and sellers of burial goods, and crematories that are subject to its regulatory authority.

The primary objective for the office is to register and monitor Maryland sole proprietorships, individuals, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies operating cemeteries, as well as businesses providing burial goods and services to consumers, including monuments and memorials. The Office also regulates and provides registration for crematories under its jurisdiction in the state.

Responsibilities of the Office include the investigation and mediation of consumer complaints involving registrants and permit holders. To protect Maryland citizens from unfair and unscrupulous practices, the office determines and enforces the ethical standards related to the operation of cemeteries and those related to the provision of burial goods and services within the state.

News and Updates

The Cemetery Oversight Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2018 has been cancelled.

New Law Effective October 1, 2017

Cemeteries - Authority to Maintain and Repair Memorials and Monuments
Establishing that the owner of a burial lot is responsible for the care of certain memorials and monuments; providing that this act does not prohibit a responsible party for a cemetery from maintaining or repairing a memorial or monument under certain circumstances; and generally relating to cemeteries and the maintenance and repair of memorials and monuments.

Proposed Regulations Currently Open for Public Comment
There are no proposed regulations by the Office of Cemetery Oversight at this time.

To register your comments with the board, please contact us at:

Contact the OfficeContact the Office
Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight
500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone: 410-230-6229