Pennsylvania State Laws

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This page attempts to present accurate transcriptions of current Pennsylvania Law as it pertains to cemeteries and cemetery organizations, as of the end of 2007.  This page should NOT BE CONSIDERED as a substitute for sound legal advice or counsel from a qualified attorney.  If anyone knows of any errors, omissions, repeal, or amendments, please contact

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Title Name

Date Enacted

Act Numbers

burialgrounds-title9.txt Burial Grounds - Title 9 of PA Consolidated Statutes *** ***
cemeteriesgraveyards-protected-1849.txt CEMETERIES AND GRAVEYARDS PROTECTED Act of Apr. 5, 1849 P.L. 397, No.296, Cl. 09
protection-cemeteries-1873.txt PROTECTION OF CEMETERIES IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA Act of Apr. 9, 1873 P.L. 67, No. 45 Cl. 22
supplementaryact-cemeteries-1877 SUPPLEMENTARY ACT, CEMETERIES Act of Apr. 18, 1877 P.L. 54, No. 54, Cl. 09
supplemantaryact-burialgrounds-1887.txt SUPPLEMENTARY ACT, BURIAL GROUNDS Act of May 12, 1887 P.L. 96, No. 47, Cl. 09
churchespermitted-sell-1887.txt CHURCHES, PERMITTED TO SELL CEMETERIES Act of May 23, 1887 P.L. 168, No. 100, Cl. 09
removalof-deadbodies-1891.txt CONCERNING REMOVAL OF DEAD BODIES FROM BURIAL GROUNDS, A SUPPLEMENT Act of Jun. 16, 1891 P.L. 310, No. 238, Cl. 09
pollutionwater-burialgrounds-1895 POLLUTION OF WATER BY BURIAL GROUNDS PROHIBITED Act of Jun. 24, 1895 P.L. 244, No. 151, Cl. 32
burialpermit-sufficient-1897 BURIAL PERMIT ISSUED IN COUNTY OF DEATH MADE SUFFICIENT Act of Jul. 9, 1897 P.L. 215, No. 175, Cl. 09
burial-grounds-conveyance.txt BURIAL GROUNDS, CONVEYANCE Act of Jun. 25, 1913 P.L. 551, No. 354, Cl. 09
burialgrounds-municipalcontrol-1923 BURIAL GROUNDS, MUNICIPAL CONTROL Act of May 10, 1923 P.L. 198, No. 144, Cl. 53
authorizing-improvecemeteries-1956.txt AUTHORIZING CEMETERY OWNERS TO IMPROVE NEGLECTED CEMETERIES Act of Feb. 28, (1956) 1955 P.L. 1187, No. 366, Cl. 09
cemeterycompany-intermentrights-1992.txt CEMETERY COMPANIES - INTERMENT RIGHTS, RESTORE AND MAINTAIN Act of Nov. 24, 1992 P.L. 730, No. 110, Cl. 09
historic-burial-preservation-act HISTORIC BURIAL PLACES PRESERVATION ACT Act of Apr. 29, 1994 P.L. 141, No. 22, Cl. 37

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