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Ownership of Interment Rights

Disclaimer of Responsibility

The City of Savannah shall take reasonable precautions to protect the cemeteries, interment rights and structures within the City cemeteries from loss or damage, but it distinctly disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage from causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to, damage caused by the elements, an act of God, common enemy, thieves, vandals, strikers, malicious mischief makers, explosions, unavoidable accidents, invasions, insurrections, riots, or order of any military or civil authority, whether the damage be direct or collateral, other than as therein provided.

 

Prices of Interment Rights

Interment rights will be sold at prices established by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah. Interment rights will be sold as a lot and individually, except in the case of single-space lots. The burial rights to a cemetery lot may be held for a ten percent (10%) payment of the current lot price. No monuments, markers, or other structures shall be placed on a lot, and no interments shall be allowed until the burial rights have been paid for in its entirety. Payment in full must be received within thirty-six (36) months. Lots which have not been paid in full within thirty-six (36) months, may be made available to the public, after notification to the party of the down payment. The City of Savannah will not refund ten percent (10%) or less of a current lot price.

 

Sales, Transfers, and Subdivisions of Interment Rights

No sale, transfer or subdivision of any cemetery lot, niche or crypt by owners shall be valid without the consent of the Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah. The transfer of interment rights shall only include those interment spaces available at the time of transfer. Interment rights of occupied spaces may not be transferred. Interment rights to lots will be sold Monday through Friday except in cases of unforeseen immediate need such as for weekend or Monday interments. Emergency sales may be conducted during weekend office hours (Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

 

Maintenance of Non-Care Lots

Persons owning lots or single grave spaces not in Perpetual Care in any of the municipal cemeteries are required to keep said lots or single grave spaces properly cut and trimmed comparable to the standards provided by the Department of Cemeteries through the Perpetual Care Program. Vegetative waste may be placed on road shoulders by the lot owners
for pickup by maintenance personnel.

 

Maintenance of Columbaria and Mausolea

Persons owning private mausolea or columbaria in any of the municipal cemeteries are required to keep said structures maintained comparable to the standards provided by the Department of Cemeteries. The Department of Cemeteries will maintain any City-owned columbarium or mausoleum.

 

Maintenance Rights of the City

The Department of Cemeteries exercises the right by law to enter upon any said lot, columbarium or mausoleum, or any single grave space, niche or crypt to correct any hazardous conditions, and to remove any dilapidated structure or undesirable vegetation that impairs the overall beauty and dignity of the cemetery. The Department of Cemeteries will attempt to notify owners of such situations and provide them with the opportunity to make the necessary corrections. If the owners have been notified of substandard conditions, but have failed to correct those conditions in the time specified by the notification, any charges for maintenance will be billed against the lot, columbarium or mausoleum.