Pet Cemetery and Pet Crematorium

Pet Cemetery and Pet Crematorium

What are the requirements to be a licensed Pet Cemetery/Crematorium?

Any pet cemetery which buries five or more animals per year:

  • should consist of at least 5 acres of real property in total area (this requirement is waived for pet cemeteries or pet crematoriums in existence prior to January 14, 1993).
  • must establish a trust fund for the permanent operation and maintenance of the cemetery in the amount of $12,000 before the acceptance of any monies as annual maintenance fees.
  • must file a dedication restricting the real property be used only for the operation of a pet cemetery. A certified copy of that dedication must be filed with this application. Filing must include a copy of a survey map and zoning approvals.

What are the fees, terms of registration?

$150 - Initial Application

$150 - Renewal

$60 - Late Renewal Penalty

$25 - Duplicate License/Registration Request

$10 - Change of Personal Name and/or Address

Term of licensure is two years

What forms of payment does the department accept?

You may pay by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or by MasterCard or Visa using a credit card authorization form. DO NOT SEND CASH. Application fees are nonrefundable. A $20 fee will be charged for any check returned by your bank.

Who should apply for a pet cemetery or pet crematorium license?

Anyone who wishes to operate a pet cemetery or pet crematorium.

What other laws may apply to pet cemeteries and pet crematoriums?

The Environmental Conservation Law - Article 27 - Section 27-0701 - Title 7 - Solid Waste Management & Resource Recovery Fund. You may wish to consult with the Department of Environmental Conservation for additional information.

Contact Contact the Division of Cemeteries

Mailing Address:

New York State Department of State, Division of Cemeteries

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue

Albany, New York 12231