Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

The Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill Cemetery District is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five (5) members. Section 9020 of the California Health and Safety Code states that the Trustees shall make proper rules and regulations for management of the cemeteries within their District.

Office Hours

The business office of the Cemetery District, located at Newcastle Cemetery is open Monday through Friday only (excluding Holidays). Hours are:

8:00 am – 3:45 pm

The Rocklin Cemetery office is open by appointment only. If no one is in the office, please find an employee on the grounds to assist you or call the Newcastle Cemetery Business Office at (916) 663-4660.

Cemetery Hours

Cemeteries are open to vehicular traffic (gates open) Monday through Thursday - 7 am - 4 pm weekdays, and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The cemeteries are open to pedestrian traffic from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week.

Interment Rights (Plots)

1. Interment Rights (plots) may be purchased at the offices of either Newcastle or Rocklin Cemetery. To purchase Interment Rights for Gold Hill or Ophir Cemeteries, please call the Newcastle Cemetery business office for an appointment. Fees are per current Fee Schedule. The terms of these sales are cash, check or credit card. (Credit Cards Subject to 3% convenience Fee)

2. The Cemetery District has specific boundaries within Placer County. Proof of residency or property ownership is required to purchase plots. Plots may be purchased for members of the family* only. No one living within the District may purchase a plot for a friend or friends that reside outside of the District. (Per California Health and Safety Code.)

3. No graves shall be sold to persons residing out of the District unless cemetery qualifications are met. Sales to non-residents is limited to those persons who have members of their family* who own plots, reside in, or are buried in the cemetery District. Qualifying Out of District customers must pay Out of District fees.

4. It is a violation of the law to provide false information or documentation* in order to purchase Interment Rights (plots) and services. If any information provided to verify residency, property ownership, or to qualify as an eligible non-resident is found to be falsified, the District can and will require payment of out of district fees. [Per California Health & Safety Code(s): 9060 (b) and 9061 (a) and (b).]

5. Any unwanted plots that have been purchased cannot be sold to anyone except back to the District for the original purchase price. As stated above, Endowment Care is non-refundable. (Per California Health and Safety Code.)

6. Any transfer of plots from one member of a family to another is prohibited unless transfer is done through the cemetery office. These types of transfer apply to family only.* (Proof of relationship is required Effective 02/01/1996). There is a one year waiting period and a $50.00 transfer fee per grave. If the family member(s) to whom the transfer is made reside(s) out of the District, those person(s) will be subject to the Out of District fees – See Fee Schedule.

7. Any transfer of plots from one location to the other within the cemetery is subject to a $50.00 transfer fee per grave. Note: If the new location is a premium size grave (Newcastle Cemetery: Block 7, Section M, Section N or Rocklin Cemetery, Section H), the customer will also be charged the difference in price between the regular and premium size plot(s) and the endowment care.

8. All fees for Interment Rights (plots), services, and all other fees are subject to change when the Cemetery District Board deems it advisable.

9. Endowment Care must be paid at the time of purchase of any Interment Rights (See Fee Schedule). Any person(s) who purchased graves previous to July 1, 1984, must pay the Endowment Care at the time of the use of the grave, or prior, if so desired. Endowment Care Funds are non-refundable. (Per California Health and Safety Code). Endowment care is a onetime fee paid to the cemetery district for the maintenance of the grounds (landscaping, mowing, weed eating, watering and other upkeep and repair of grounds, equipment, etc.) It does not include cleaning, maintenance, repair or replacement of monuments, markers, niche plates and/or flower vases. This is the customers’ responsibility.

10. Interment Rights, Rights of Succession – Per the California Health and Safety Code, there are specific Regulations regarding succession of Burial Rights. These Regulations are available upon request at the Cemetery Office.

11. Plots may be put on hold (reserved) for 90 days only. Due to the high demand of select locations, a maximum of 4 graves only may be placed on hold. After 90 days, plots on hold will be put back on sale to the general public. The cemetery will not call or send reminders. It is the customer’s responsibility to remember to complete their purchase within the 90 day period.

12. The District stipulates that it will not be held responsible for graves unusable due to underground obstructions (rocks, trees, roots, prior unmarked burials, etc.) In such cases, the District will exchange the unusable graves for others in another area of the cemetery where available. Note: These cases are infrequent and usually apply to graves in the older portions of the cemetery, but may occur anywhere. (09/1996)

13. Oversize monuments and markers- Any oversize monument or marker set on a grave or graves may require temporary removal in order to prepare the grave for an interment (dig the grave). In order to ensure that these monuments or markers are not damaged, the family or its legal representative is responsible for making arrangements for the removal and re-setting of the monument or marker with a local monument company. This is done at the families’ expense. No interment date and time can be confirmed until the arrangements for the removal of the monument or marker has been made. (12/2010)

*Family member is defined as a spouse, child or step-child (natural or adopted), parents, brother, sister, half brother/sister, parent/brother/sister-in law, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle, first cousin, or any person denoted as “grand…”, or “great…”, or the spouse of any of these persons. (Proof of relationship is required Effective 02/01/1996)

Interments/Burials

1. Interments are limited to owners, heirs and their family* only. (*As defined above.) Interment fees are determined by the residency of the deceased (prior to a care facility) at the time of death. (Proof of current address may be required, if needed.)

2. No burials on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.

3. All opening closing of graves and niches shall be done by cemetery personnel only. Family members may not assist in the covering (closure) of any graves.

4. Cancellations and re-scheduling for any graves already dug will incur the current in district rate for opening/closing. No Exceptions. (01/2011)

5. Burials scheduled for Tuesday through Friday must be arranged and confirmed through the cemetery office by noon the preceding day. Any burials scheduled for Monday must be arranged and confirmed through the cemetery office by noon the preceding Friday. Funeral homes must add additional day(s) lead time for holidays.

6. The Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill Cemetery District attempts to provide appropriate and safe conditions at our cemeteries.

A) Newcastle Cemetery does not offer tent or chairs at the graveside NO EXCEPTIONS. Customers who want chairs or a sheltered area may use our Pavilion during business hours at no charge. Our Pavilion has the following amenities: seats for 70 persons, podium, guest book stand and flower stands. NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE PAVILION.

B) Rocklin Cemetery provides complementary chairs if weather or grave location(s) permit. Tent set up for a fee if weather conditions or grave location(s) permit. The District reserves the right to refuse or cancel tent and chair set-up orders if weather conditions or grave locations could possibly endanger the public. Any last minute cancellations on the part of the cemetery will initiate a prompt refund of charges for the set-up in question.

C) Due to insurance considerations, no customer’s tents or awnings may be erected on cemetery grounds. The Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill Cemetery District assumes no responsibility or liability for those customers and/or funeral directors that bring and/or allow tent or chairs at the graveside services.

7. Double depth burials in double depth plots are allowed at the Newcastle Cemetery, in “Section N” ONLY. When interring a casket and cremains in a double depth burial plot, the first interment must always be placed on the lower level of the vault.

8. Interments with services held elsewhere must arrive at cemetery to commence burial no later than 3:00 pm. Any graveside services must conclude by 3:00 pm to allow cemetery personnel sufficient time to complete the burial before closing time (4:00 pm.)

9. A) Newcastle, Rocklin & Gold Hill Cemeteries require a polypropylene or fiberglass vault for every casket interment, except Newcastle Cemetery “Section N” (See B below). A casket/vault combo is acceptable for infant interments only. Other type vaults are not acceptable. (10/2006)

B) Newcastle Cemetery “Section N” is the only area where pre-burial vaults are installed. (11/2009)

Miscellaneous

1. A) All Blocks and Sections at Newcastle, Rocklin & Gold Hill Cemeteries except “Section N”, Newcastle Cemetery, can accommodate up to six (6) cremains in an adult size (Ashes Only) plot, or one (1) casket burial with up to six (6) cremains on top.

B) Newcastle Cemetery “Section N” allows one (1) casket or up to four (4) cremains per vault. (No urns can be placed in a vault already occupied by a casket interment.) Also see 3B below

2. A) All areas at Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill and Ophir Cemeteries except “Section N”, Newcastle Cemetery allow a limit of three (3) markers per grave. (See Marker and Monument Regulations for size and specifications.)

B) Newcastle Cemetery “Section N” allows only one (1) marker per grave. No Exceptions

3. A) All Blocks and Sections at Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill and Ophir Cemeteries except “Section N”, Newcastle Cemetery allow urns to be inurned directly into the ground. The cemetery does not require an urn vault for the in-ground inurnment of cremated remains. However, customers may elect to purchase one from a funeral home or the cemetery if they wish. Please inform the cemetery if you will be purchasing an urn vault and provide the dimensions prior to the service date.

B) Newcastle Cemetery “Section N” all urns are placed inside the cement vault. No Exceptions.

4. Benches may be installed in the Cemetery at the Superintendent’s discretion and approval. Only he will determine if a bench will be permitted in any area. All bench installations, if approved, are to be done by an approved monument company. See Bench Regulations for size and material specifications.

5. Minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while on cemetery premises.

6. Because of normal settling, new grave sites may require occasional re-leveling during the first year or more. Grass coverage may also be a problem until the soil has stabilized and the grass takes root again. Until then, the grave site may appear somewhat less than ideal. The cemetery makes every effort to remedy the appearance and asks for your understanding during these temporary periods.

7. Although dogs are allowed in the cemeteries, they must always be leashed. Placer County and the city of Rocklin strictly enforce leash laws. Dog owners are required to clean up after their pets. (Revised 03/15)

THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS WERE REVISED AND PASSED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON 10/20/2009. RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND/OR CHANGE AT ANY TIME.


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Floral Regulations

1. Fresh cut flowers & Artificial Flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. When flowers start to fade, discolor or deteriorate, cemetery personnel will remove and dispose of them.

2. Artificial flowers and decorations will be removed four times each year over a two day period. Click here to view a list of our removal dates.

3. Flower vases - To prolong the life and condition of flower vases, please regularly remove excess soil from beneath the can so that it will fit completely into the ground and the upper lip will not be above the level of the ground and/or marker. Also, remove any stagnant water and turn the vase upside down when not in use. (Endowment care does not include cleaning, maintenance, repair or replacement of flower vases.)

4. Temporary metal flower containers (vases) are permitted. However, no glass containers such as fruit jars, bottles or glass may be used for flowers. Rocks inside flower containers are not allowed.

5. Statues, candles, any type of fire ignitable items, glass objects of any nature, or any other type of commemorative items other than the allowed floral items or flags are not allowed at any time. Decorative items are NOT ALLOWED except as specified below in items 6 and 7 below.

6. Small flags mounted on wooden sticks are allowed at any time.

7. Decorations, ornaments and potted plants will be permitted on graves at Easter and Christmas only during the period ten (10) days before and ten (10) days after the holiday. They will also be permitted on Memorial Day weekend, but will be removed on Tuesday after the holiday.

8. During the lawn mowing and ground maintenance season, all dead floral items will be removed from graves on the first and third Friday of each month.

9. Floral items and other types of decorations will not be secured to headstones or markers.

10. Owners of niches and/or premium graves (with upright monuments) are subject to the same rules and regulations as full size (flat marker) graves. NO exceptions.

11. Do not place anything of value (sentimental or otherwise) on grave(s). The Cemetery District will not be held responsible for any items left on graves that turn up damaged or missing. This includes flower can vases and inserts.

12. Private planting of any kind will not be permitted. This includes roses, rose trees, shrubs, ornamental plants and trees. (See Item 13. below regarding the replacement of rose trees.) Donations for trees are acceptable, but trees will be selected, approved and planted under the direction of the Cemetery Superintendent.

13. Rose tree replacement - If existing rose trees should die, due to weather damage, age, or other unknown causes, we will not be responsible. If a rose tree dies of natural causes, you may replace the dead plant with the approval from the cemetery office. Any replacement must be planted by cemetery personnel only. (Early spring is the best time for replacement.)

14. No fence or other structure shall be built around any plot.

15. The Cemetery will have the right to remove and not replace already existing trees, shrubs and other plantings that through growth encroach on lot owner’s property, become unsightly, diseased or damaged by accident or weather or have become a hazard to the general public.

16. Newcastle Section N premium plots flower cans receptacles are designated as such. These may be purchased at the cemetery office.

Please contact the Cemetery Superintendent or Foreman if you have any questions.

THESE FLORAL REGULATIONS WERE REVISED AND PASSED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON 7/1/2016. ORIGINAL FLORAL REGULATIONS WENT INTO EFFECT IN APRIL OF 1992. FLORAL REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND CHANGE AT ANY TIME.


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Graveside Safety Regulations

The Newcastle, Rocklin, Gold Hill Cemetery District has set forth the following regulations to safeguard family members and guests at graveside.

1. The witnessing of the lowering of a casket or urn must be arranged at the time burial arrangements are made at the cemetery office.

2. A) Newcastle Cemetery does not allow tent or chairs at the graveside for safety reasons. Use of the pavilion is free of charge for those families having interments at our cemetery.

B) Rocklin Cemetery provides chairs at the graveside weather and location(s) permitting. Tent set up may be purchased providing the weather and location(s) allow.

3. Due to the instability of the ground around the open grave, no dirt, flowers or mementos will be allowed to be thrown on top of the casket. All witnesses must remain behind barricades. Placement of dirt, flowers and mementos, etc. can be placed in a tray and scattered over the casket by cemetery personnel only. No Exceptions.

4. Prior to the lowering of the casket, all witnesses will need to move at least 15 feet back from the grave. Once the casket is lowered no one other than cemetery personnel are allowed near the open grave. No Exceptions.

5. Children must be supervised and kept away from the open grave at all times.

6. Only cemetery personnel will be allowed to participate in the lowering and burial process.

7. With the exception of wheelchairs and other equipment for the handicapped, no motorized or non-motorized vehicles, wagons, carts, sports equipment or toys, etc. are allowed in the pavilion, on walkways or on the grassy areas of the cemetery. These vehicles are restricted to the street areas and parking lot only.

8. Any animals on cemetery grounds must be leashed. Animals are restricted to walkways, curbside grass areas and streets. Handlers must clean up after their animals if necessary.

These Graveside Service Regulations were passed by the Board of Trustees on 03/20/2007 for the safety of all visitors to the cemetery. Graveside regulations are subject to revision and change at any time. (06/2014)


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Marker and Monument Regulations

Marker size and type allowed varies from cemetery location to cemetery location as well as specific areas within a cemetery. Please contact our main office at the address and phone number listed above for complete information regarding your specific plot location.

General Regulations

1. Only the size and type of markers and monuments as set forth in these regulations will be allowed in the designated areas of the cemetery. The customer is responsible to order markers or monuments in the size and type as specified in these regulations. The Cemetery will not be held responsible and reserves the right to refuse installation of any markers or monuments that do not comply with these regulations.

2. No bench may be installed as (instead of) an upright monument (03/2001).

3. Only those markers and monuments made from metal or stone are allowed. All Stone Markers are required to be at least 4" in thickness. Items affixed to markers and monuments or imbedded in the concrete is not recommended, and done at the customers’ risk. Since the markers and monuments are outside, they are subject to the decomposed granite (our soil), extreme weather conditions, and maintenance all year round. As is routine in the cemetery industry, for efficiency purposes, maintenance is performed by mowing over and around flat markers and the bases of upright monuments. Customers should keep this in mind when monuments and markers are designed, purchased and installed.

4. Markers and monuments are the property of the purchaser. The Cemetery District is in no way responsible for the monuments and markers after they are installed. (See 3. Above) Repairs must be done at the owners’ expense. (Endowment care does not include cleaning, maintenance, repair or replacement of monuments, markers and/or vases installed in monuments or markers. This is the owners’ responsibility.)

5. Temporary markers are supplied by your funeral director, not by the Cemetery. The Cemetery is not responsible for damaged or missing temporary markers. All temporary markers will be removed from the interment site after 90 days.

6. The Cemetery does not accept delivery of, nor set, any markers or monuments. This includes Veteran’s markers or any other type markers or monuments ordered from out of the area or over the Internet. Customers must arrange in advance with a local monument company to accept delivery and set the marker or monument. The Cemetery will not be held responsible for any marker or monument delivered to the Cemetery. (Note: Do not ship any marker or monument to a monument company without making arrangements with them in advance.)

7. Internet and out of area markers — Ordering memorial markers or monuments over the internet or out of the area may appear to be convenient and/or economical, but the shipping and transportation costs, etc., will most probably bring your cost over and above the cost of having your marker or monument made locally. Markers/monuments may arrive damaged or not exactly as ordered. Most local marker companies will not set markers or monuments made by other companies, with the exception of VA Veteran's markers. The Cemetery District will not be held responsible for markers or monuments that cannot be set in the cemetery. Local marker companies are familiar with Cemetery District Regulations regarding markers and monuments. You are taking a risk ordering from a company over the internet or from out of the area.

8. Oversize monuments and markers — Any oversize monument or marker set on a grave or graves may require temporary removal in order to prepare the grave for an interment (dig the grave). In order to ensure that these monuments or markers are not damaged, the family or its legal representative is responsible for making arrangements for the removal and re-setting of the monument or marker with a local monument company. This is done at the families’ expense. No interment date and time can be confirmed until the arrangements for the removal of the monument or marker has been made. (12/2010)

Setting Notes for Markers and Monuments

1. All installation of markers and monuments shall be set by monument companies or qualified workers only, approved by the Cemetery Superintendent, and are in accordance with these specifications.

2. Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance certificates are required from all monument companies, funeral homes or any other subcontractors working on cemetery property.

3. All worker’s intending to set markers or monuments MUST report to the Cemetery Office prior to commencing work to allow Cemetery personnel to inspect markers and monuments for conformity to Size Specifications and to have Cemetery personnel mark the gravesite(s) for the correct installation position prior to installation.

4. Workers are responsible for the orderly completion of work and removal and disposal of all waste and/or excess materials.

5. Under no circumstances will the District allow installation of markers or monuments after hours without the express permission of the Manager. Under no circumstances will installation be allowed on weekends.

THESE MONUMENT AND MARKER REGULATIONS WERE PASSED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON 12/19/1995. MARKER AND MONUMENT REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND/OR CHANGE AT ANY TIME.


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Niche Regulations and Niche Plate Engraving

Niche Area Regulations

1. Floral arrangements may be left in and around the niche area. However, they are subject to the same Floral Rules and Regulations as the rest of the Cemetery. Absolutely no glass, china, ceramic or objects of a similar nature will be allowed.

2. No chair and/or tent set-ups are available for services in the niche area. Alternate areas within the Cemetery can be offered for services.

Niche Plate Engraving

1. Single and double niche plates can accommodate two (2) lines of engraving for the name plus one line each for birth date and death date.

2. Verbiage on niche plates is limited to name(s), birth date(s) and death date(s) only and are subject to size limitations. No exceptions.

3. Double niches planned for two occupants will be engraved on either the top or lower portion of the plate with the additional engraving done after the second inurnment takes place.

4. Double niches planned for only one occupant are engraved centering the name and dates on the plate.

5. The Cemetery will arrange for the niche plate engraving at the current market rate and will install the plate on the niche.

6. After initial installation, the niche plate becomes the property of the purchaser. The Cemetery District is in no way responsible for the niche plates after they are installed. Repairs must be done at the owners’ expense.

NOTE: Interior measurement of single niche is 5¾” x 5¾” x 7” deep.
Interior measurement of double niche is 9½” x 9½” x 9¾” deep*.
(*Notes: Urns must be no larger than 4¾” x 9½” x 9¾” to allow two urns to be inurned in a double niche)

THESE NICHE RULES AND REGULATIONS WERE APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON 12/19/1995, AND ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION AND/OR CHANGE AT ANY TIME.