♦ I would like to establish a Family Cemetery on my property. How do I do that?
Many people in the State of Texas are interested in establishing a family cemetery on their private property. Click here for information on establishing a family cemetery.
♦ I’m having an issue with a cemetery or crematory. How do I file a complaint?
♦ I have a relative buried in a cemetery that is in deteriorating condition. Is there anything I can do?
♦ Can I bury on my own property?
Yes. Contact your local health department for more information.
♦ Does perpetual care cover markers?
No, in Texas the perpetual care fee only covers the cemetery grounds and mausoleums. Markers are not covered. Cemeteries frequently have a separate care fund for markers but it is not required by statute or regulated by the Department of Banking.
♦ Can I cancel a cemetery contract?
The statutes do not provide for mandatory cancellation provisions. In most instances, the cemetery will not allow the purchaser to cancel a contract and thus no refund options are available.
♦ Are the prices and fees cemeteries charge regulated by the Texas Banking Department?
No, there is no price regulation in the cemetery industry.
♦ Do I have to purchase an outer burial container?
If the cemetery’s rules and regulations require the use of an outer burial container you must have one for burial. It is a decision made by the individual cemetery.
♦ What is a lawn crypt?
A lawn crypt is a subsurface burial container installed in multiple units that has a system for drainage and moisture control. Lawn crypts may only be sold in dedicated lawn crypt gardens.
♦ Are perpetual care cemeteries required to build a mausoleum within a specific time period?
Yes, a perpetual care cemetery must begin construction of a mausoleum on or before a date that is 48 months after the date of the first pre-developed sale and shall complete construction on or before a date that is 60 months after the date of the first pre-developed sale. [Texas Health & Safety Code §711.061 et seq.]