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

Grave Marker

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

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

Vases of suitable metal construction are permitted when imbedded in a flat marker so that the vase is recessed flush with the ground. Flat Markers to be installed by cemetery staff only. 

Engraving and purchasing of a marker is a transaction conducted between the family and a monument company. Prior to installation of a flat marker, the family must have paid the marker installation fee - a protective concrete foundation that surrounds the flat marker. 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 and or safety concerns as determined by cemetery staff at no charge to the plot owner. Public Works performs constant 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, in the event the monument needs replacement, the new monument(s) are required to meet the existing regulations in place at the time of purchase.

Permitted Grave 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”

Installation and Deliveries of Grave Markers

At the beginning each October, installation of any flat marker is subject to weather conditions, therefore the City will not guarantee a flat marker installation after October 1st.  Therefore, The City of St Albert will not install or accept any deliveries of flat markers from late October until the start of Spring each year. Installation will resume in the spring. 

Vases

As property of the family, it is the family’s responsibility to maintain and replace.  Vases have a limited lifespan and are not under warranty by the cemetery. A vase installed in a northern climate is subject to extreme changes in temperature and is accessible to people, wild-life and unforeseen factors that will affect the life of the vase. Depending upon the composition of the vase it should be expected that replacement vases will need to be purchased periodically by the plot owner due to normal wear and tear. Vases that are broken and considered a maintenance hazard will be removed by the cemetery staff.

Casket Liner, Casket Vaults / Ash Urn Vaults

  • Casket Vaults are not required nor recommended as all caskets must be interred with a liner

  • Casket Vault dimension cannot exceed 48” x 96” and will be installed by, and at the cost of the supplier

  • Urn Vaults dimensions cannot exceed 20 “x 20”

  • Proof of a vault purchase and vault 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: January 10, 2019

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