Monuments, Mausoleums & Markers

  • All monuments and headstones are to be leveled and line up with others in the cemetery in accordance with drawings and measurements furnished by the Cemetery Superintendent.
  • All monuments, markers, and mausoleums must be of recognized quality granite, marble, or bronze finished in a workmanlike manner and must be accepted by the Cemetery Superintendent before being taken into the cemetery.
  • All mausoleums, markers, and monuments (as individually restricted in each section) shall be made of marble, granite, or bronze and set on a base of concrete below the surface of the ground. No foundation will be built higher than one inch below the lowest point of the surface of the ground.
  • No monuments, markers, or mausoleums are to be set on Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays, unless special permission in writing is obtained from the Cemetery Superintendent.
  • No monument die shall be less than 6 inches thick and not less than 2 feet in height and not less than 2 feet long. No monument base shall exceed 30 inches in width and not less than 2 feet, 4 inches in length, nor less than 6 inches above the ground surface. No monument shall exceed 5 feet in overall height or more than 75% of overall length, whichever is less.
  • No monument shall occupy more than 60% of the width of the lot.
  • No cement or artificial stone will be permitted in the cemetery above the surface of the ground.
  • Only one monument is permitted on each lot and one marker on each burial.
  • All markers shall be set flush with ground level.
  • Lettering on stone markers shall be recessed into the surface of the stone. Letters on bronze markers may be raised but the City of Opelika will not be responsible for letters that may be defaced or knocked loose.
  • Stone slabs will not be permitted either erect or reclining.
  • All monuments shall be double faced with name and design on front side of monument and name on backside of monument.
  • All mausoleums, monuments, and markers shall be centered on the concrete foundation.
  • All markers, stone or bronze, shall be not less than 24 inches long, nor less than 12 inches wide, except children’s graves where markers 4 inches by 8 inches are permitted.
  • All monument dealers or agents shall be responsible for damage to property while they are in the act of doing work in the cemetery. All material used for doing work shall be cleared away when work is completed.
  • All monument dealers or agents, when doing work in the cemetery, shall provide the Cemetery Superintendent with the numbers and expiration date of their city license. This information, together with the name and address of the concern, the type of monument or marker, the name thereon, and the lot numbers on which it is erected shall be recorded in a special book kept by the Cemetery Superintendent.
  • The City of Opelika will use all necessary precautions in maintaining the cemetery, but the City of Opelika will not be held liable for scratches or other marks on monuments or grave markers which might occur through normal maintenance of the lot.