2015 ORS 692.275¹
Certificate of authority for operating cemetery, crematorium or facility for final disposition
  • fees
  • registration of certain cemeteries
  • rules applicable to crematoriums

(1) A person may not conduct the business of an operating cemetery unless the person has a certificate of authority to do so. A person may apply for a certificate of authority on a form provided by the State Mortuary and Cemetery Board. The application must be accompanied by the application fee established under ORS 692.160 (License, certificate and registration fees). However, any exempt operating cemetery is entitled to receive a certificate of authority to operate upon payment of an initial fee not to exceed $100 and a fee not to exceed $50 for registration of all principals regardless of the total number of principals. An exempt operating cemetery is not required to pay the renewal fee or the fee for any change in principal other than the cemetery manager.

(2) A cemetery, other than an operating cemetery or a historic cemetery listed with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries under ORS 97.782 (Listing of historic cemeteries), must be registered with the board. An owner of a cemetery, other than an operating cemetery or a historic cemetery listed with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries under ORS 97.782 (Listing of historic cemeteries), must register the cemetery with the board on a form provided by the board. No fee may be required of a cemetery registrant.

(3) A person may not operate a crematorium unless the person has a certificate of authority to do so. A person may apply for a certificate of authority to operate a crematorium on a form provided by the board. The application must be accompanied by the application fee established under ORS 692.160 (License, certificate and registration fees).

(4) For purposes of this section and ORS 692.025 (License required for funeral service practitioner, embalmer, death care consultant, funeral establishment operator, cemetery or crematory operator), each location of a cemetery or crematorium is a separate location and must be licensed separately. Those cemeteries that are subject to registration must be registered separately.

(5) The board may consider the recommendations of national associations related to cremation in adopting rules regulating crematoriums.

(6) A person may not operate a facility for final disposition of human remains other than a cemetery or a crematorium unless the person has a certificate of authority to do so. A person may apply for a certificate of authority on a form provided by the board. The application must be accompanied by an application fee established under ORS 692.160 (License, certificate and registration fees).

(7) This section applies to operating cemeteries or other cemeteries owned by any city, county or other municipal corporation.

(8) The board may not subject an exempt operating cemetery to random inspections. [1985 c.207 §19; 1989 c.177 §11; 1991 c.542 §3; 1999 c.731 §11; 2001 c.224 §2; 2003 c.173 §10; 2007 c.436 §2; 2009 c.709 §5]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 692—Funeral Service Practitioners; Embalmers;, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors692.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.