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City of St.Albert

Cemetery Standards

When a grave site must be prepared, a minimum of 72 regular working hours’ notice shall be given to the City prior to the interment.

Note that Saturdays, Sundays, statutory or declared holiday hours shall not be counted as regular working hours.

Engraved Flat Markers

Flat Markers are to be installed by cemetery staff only. The installation of any flat marker is subject to weather conditions and the City will not guarantee an installation requested after October 1st. Markers affected by seasonal conditions will be installed when regular service resumes in the spring.

Engraving and purchasing of a marker is a transaction conducted between the family and a monument company.  Prior to the installation of a flat marker, the family must have paid the marker installation fee (which facilitates a concrete foundation that surrounds and protects the flat marker).

All markers must be flat and made from enduring granite, marble, or bronze, which are then mounted on a cement base that's even with the ground.  The preferred edge style of the flat marker is a rough edge, also known as a rock pitch.

Note that markers with smooth edges require holes every 8" for rebar. 

Vases of suitable metal construction are permitted when embedded in a flat marker so that the vase is recessed flush with the ground.

The family is responsible for the maintenance, cleaning, and replacement of a memorial marker, and the City assumes no liability or responsibility for loss or damage to any memorials through acts of vandalism or natural erosion. The City will repair and replace existing memorial foundations if necessary due to maintenance or safety concerns, as determined by cemetery staff, at no charge to the plot owner. Public Works performs regular cemetery maintenance, therefore structures of any kind, other than approved ones, are not permitted within the cemetery.  

Existing monuments that do not meet current specifications will be grandfathered; however, should the monument need replacement, the new monument(s) is/are required to meet the existing regulations in place at the time of purchase.

Permitted Marker Sizes

Standard & Double Depth Plot:
Minimum 30” x 18” ~ Maximum 39” x 18”
Side by Side Standard Plot:
(a single marker centred across the two plots)
Minimum 30 x 18 ~ Maximum 42” x 18”
Single Ash Plots:
Minimum 30” x 18” ~ Maximum 39” x 18”
Side by Side Ash Plots:
Minimum 30” x 18” ~ Maximum 39” x 18”

Delivery of Flat Markers

The installation of flat markers is subject to weather conditions after October 1st, as frost or a layer of snow can pose significant challenges to the work. Please note that the City of St. Albert will not accept any deliveries of flat markers after October 31st until the beginning of the spring season.

Vases

Due to extreme temperature change and other uncontrollable factors, vases placed in an outdoor environment are expected to have a limited lifespan and will not be warrantied by the cemetery. It is a family’s responsibility to maintain and replace vases, and you should anticipate that periodic replacements will be required. Broken vases considered a maintenance hazard by cemetery staff will be removed.

Casket Liner, Casket Vaults or Ash Urn Vaults

  • Casket Vaults are not required, nor recommended, within our cemetery as all caskets must be interred with a liner
  • Casket Vault dimensions cannot exceed 48” x 96”
  • Casket Vaults purchased will be installed by, and at the cost of, the supplier 
  • Urn Vaults dimensions cannot exceed 20“ x 20”
  • Proof of a vault's purchase and its dimensions are required prior to interment

Meeting with a Cemetery Officer Is Done by Appointment Only

If you have any questions, would like to book an appointment, or would like a Cemetery Package sent to you by mail, please contact the City at 780-459-1500 (Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm).

Last edited: March 9, 2017

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