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Cemetery Standards of Care

We wish you to be informed and prepared about our standards of care and bylaws.

Cemetery Management Bylaw 16174

Operators of cemeteries are required under provincial law to create and operate according to a set of bylaws. The Cemetery Management Bylaw 16174 is written with both the best interest of all families represented in the cemetery park, and the best interest of the cemetery and City of Surrey.

Memorial Specifications & Information

The memorial specifications for the cemeteries, owned and operated by Surrey, have been established according to a predetermined plan. These memorial specifications are part of the Cemetery Management Bylaw 16174, and have been broken out and provided for your convenience. There is a Memorial Permit Fee associated with each new, or removed and replaced memorial. Refer to the linked document for fees.

Memorials for placement in the ground are provided by monument companies and are not supplied by Surrey.

Bronze memorials for the columbaria, memorial boards and scattering garden memorial are supplied by Surrey. Contact our office for further information.

The placement and removal of memorials is provided by Surrey staff only to ensure proper placement and location.

Memorial Placement Standard

In ground memorials are set according to a predetermined plan and located at grade level so not to be damaged by maintenance equipment. It is natural that grave sites settle over time and memorials may settle along with the grave. It is our standard practice to raise memorials that settle more than 3” from grade. If a memorial is within the 3” allowance and you would like the memorial raised we would be happy to accommodate this request for a fee. Please contact our office to make these arrangements.

Cemetery Fee Schedule

 The City of Surrey cemeteries is open to the public regardless of residency. Right of Interment fees are based on home residency, and Surrey residents receive a subsidized Right of Interment fee. Cemetery service fees are calculated on a cost recovery basis. The fees charged reflect what it costs to operate the cemeteries. Refer to the FAQ web page for more information. Contact our office for clarification.

Grave Adornment

  • Only one (1) flower container, of the types supplied by the City and installed by the Caretaker, shall be allowed in each Lot, except those vases that are part of an approved Memorial.
  • Cut and artificial flowers, wreaths and floral tokens (tributes) may be placed on Lots in a Cemetery, but may be removed by the Caretaker and disposed of when their condition is considered to be detrimental to the appearance, beauty or maintenance of the Cemetery. Plant material and grave adornments associated with seasonal events or celebrations will be removed 30 days after the event. From March 1st to November 1st grave adornments, potted plants, and memorabilia are not permitted on graves. Fencing around lots, glass, candles and ceramic objects are not permitted on or around graves.
  • No person, other than the Caretaker, shall plant, remove, cut down or destroy any tree, shrub, plant, flower, bulb or decorative feature within a Cemetery.
  • No ground Lot shall be defined by a fence, railing, coping, hedge or by any other marking, except as permitted in the Memorial provisions of the Cemetery Management Bylaw.

Right of Interment

Right of Interment is issued for every person buried in the cemetery for both full burial (casket) and cremated remains. A Right of Interment may be either issued in advance of need, or will be created when burial arrangements are being made and needs to be signed by both the rights holder or designate and the City.

Interment Authorization

An Interment Authorization is completed per person when burial arrangements are being made and fees paid. This document requires the signature of the person with control of disposition. Refer to back side of form for definitions.

Memorial Permit

memorial permit is issued for each memorial set in the cemetery not purchased from the City. For memorials purchased through the City the fee is included in the memorial price.

Contact Information

City of Surrey Cemeteries - Administration Office
6348 - 168th Street,  Surrey, BC V3S 3Y1
Phone:    (604) 598-5770
Fax:        (604) 598-5880
Email:      cemeteryinfo@surrey.ca