Rules and Regulations - Effective March 1, 2011


All burials are subject to the following General Regulations and Planting Rules. For a printer friendly version click here.

We wish to sincerely thank you for choosing the Naperville Cemetery as the final resting place for your loved one. The interdenominational Naperville Cemetery was founded in 1842 and is home to many of Naperville’s founding fathers including Captain Joe Naper. We take great pride in the Cemetery’s appearance and its ability to continually serve the citizens of Naperville and the surrounding community. It is our hope that the following guidelines will help us to safeguard the beauty and serenity of the Cemetery for everyone.

. . . . . . . Board of Directors, Naperville Cemetery Association

GRAVE PLANTINGS:

Lot owners may plant annual flowers only on the grave side of the marker in the planting bed itself. Planting beds, including any borders, may not exceed 18 inches in length from the edge of the granite apron under the marker onto the grave. The width, including the border, of the planting bed (right to left) may not exceed the width (right to left) of the granite apron under the marker. No borders around or within the lots or graves will be permitted except for the planting beds.

If the lot owner wishes to place a plaque, statue or solar light on a grave, it must be placed inside the 18 inch planting bed and only one plaque, statue or solar light per burial will be allowed in the planting bed. The plaque, statue or solar light shall not exceed 12 inches in height.

If the planting bed becomes overgrown or becomes unsightly, the Cemetery will contact the lot owner. If the lot owner cannot be contacted or fails to clean the area within 10 days of notification, the Cemetery reserves the right to remove the plantings.

Effective March 1, 2011, the planting of shrubs on graves will no longer be permitted. Existing shrubs cannot exceed the height or width of the marker. Lot owners will be asked to either trim or remove existing shrubs that do not comply. When a burial takes place where there is an existing shrub and/or plantings either on the grave being opened or next to that grave, the Cemetery will not be responsible for any damage to those shrubs and/or plantings nor will the Cemetery be responsible for their replacement. Rose bushes are considered shrubs.

After March 1, 2011 ornamental grasses will be prohibited. All existing ornamental grasses must be removed by June 1, 2011.

The following items are expressly prohibited and will be removed when found.

Shepherd Hooks                          Glass Vases or Containers         Pinwheels & Banners
Metal Wreathes & Trellises          Rocks or Marbles                        Metal or Aluminum Cans

Any item placed on a lot or grave which the Association deems offensive, improper, injurious or unsuitable or not in keeping with the rules of the Association will be removed without notice. The Association assumes no responsibility for the retention of such items.

Gardeners, other than lot owners, including florists must register with the Cemetery office to receive a copy of the planting rules and regulations prior to working in the Cemetery.

All funeral designs or floral pieces will be removed and discarded as soon as they become unsightly.

The Association accepts no responsibility for the damage or loss of items placed on individual lots.

The Naperville Cemetery Association reserves the right to control every tree, shrub, vine or plant growing in and/or planted within the Cemetery. The Association will use reasonable care in examining trees and remove trees or limbs in unsound or dangerous condition. The Naperville Cemetery expressly disclaims responsibility for damage either to persons or property resulting from falling trees or parts of trees.

SPRING AND FALL CLEANUP

Signs will be posted in the Cemetery stating the dates of the cleanup prior to the cleanup date.

Spring cleanup will take place March 1, weather permitting.

Fall cleanup will take place November 1, weather permitting.

All items left on graves will be removed from the grave/planting areas. This includes any type of items left on the foundations surrounding the markers, on the markers themselves, in vases attached to the markers or in stand alone vases. Items include but are not limited to: flowers (live or artificial), statuary, plaques, solar lights, toys, stuffed animals, decorative flags, with the exception of American and international flags.

Anything the lot owners wish to keep must be removed from the Cemetery prior to the cleanups. You may call the Cemetery office at (630) 355-1057 if you are unsure if the cleanups have been completed or if you have questions regarding the cleanup. Cemetery office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

THE NAPERVILLE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CORRECT, AMEND OR INTERPRET THE PLANTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE CEMETERY AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. ALL DECISIONS BY THE ASSOCIATION BOARD AND STAFF ARE FINAL.

IT IS THE LOT OWNER’S DECISION REGARDING:

IT IS THE NAPERVILLE CEMETERY’S DECISION REGARDING:


THE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS AT ANY TIME.


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