Southern Memorial Gardens was purchased by its new owners.
The Office of Cemetery Oversight was created by an Act of the 1997 Maryland Legislative session, and
was placed under the regulatory authority of the Department of Labor, Licensing and
Regulation in August of 1997.
The primary objective for the Office is to license and monitor
individuals, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies operating cemeteries or providing burial
goods and services to consumers in the State of Maryland.
Additionally, the Office of Cemetery Oversight is also responsible for investigating and mediating
consumer complaints involving registrants, licensees and permit holders. The Office also determines
and enforces the ethical standards related to the operation of cemeteries and the providing of burial
goods and services within the State, in order to protect the citizens of Maryland from unfair and
Advisory Council Members
The Council is composed of 11 members appointed by the Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and
includes five consumer representatives. Interim meetings will be scheduled as needed.
The Advisory Council on Cemetery Operations is required to meet at least once per year to advise the
Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and the Director on issues related to the regulation and
administration of the Office.
Dates of Advisory Council Meetings.
The meetings are held at DLLR, 500 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, Md. 21202
and are open to the public.
Dates and locations of
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing public
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Office of Cemetery Oversight
Advisory Council on Cemetery Operations
500 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
Toll free: 1-888-218-5925
Marilyn Harris-Davis, Executive Director
For more information about the Office of Cemetery Oversight, please contact to the Director using the information