monument installation form and permit fee of $50.00 must
be submitted prior to having a monument or marker installed.
monument and marker shall be placed in the space shown
on the cemetery plat or as directed by the superintendent.
monument or marker may be placed unless the location has
been approved and full purchase price of the lot has been
paid. No monument or marker may be constructed of limestone,
sandstone, wood or other material, which will not assure
grave shall be marked with a permanent marker within one
year from date of burial.
height shall not exceed 48" above the ground surface
on all monuments. Single markers shall consist of one
piece and shall not be less than 12" nor more than
24" in width including the "Wash", and
shall be level with the surrounding ground surface. Double
markers shall not exceed 60" in length. Other dimensions
of double markers shall be the same as for single markers.
restrictions shall not apply to monuments provided by
the federal government.
of Interments Allowed in Each Grave:
within a vault
within a vault plus a cremation
within a vault plus an infant
infant plus a cremation
The City of Benson does not allow stacking of burial vaults,
due to soil conditions and water table fluctuation.
Lot Size: 4 ft. wide x 12 ft. long
- The niche owner, spouse and/or children may be inurned in the niche. Written permission from the recorded niche owner, spouse or designated person is required for the inurnment of anyone else. The written permission will be attached to the city’s record.
- A single niche may contain the cremains of one or two bodies. Benson’s columbarium has room for two vase style urns that are 10” high x 6” in diameter or two square shaped urns that are 5 ½” x 5 ½” x 7” high.
- Cremains must be inurned in a dust sealed container or urn that fits within the niche.
- A burial permit or cremation certificate is required for each cremain and must be delivered to the superintendent at the time of the inurnment.
- Opening and closing of a niche for the inurnment of cremains shall occur during regular city office hours. Other times may be allowed with an additional fee if the City is notified two business days in advance.
- A granite faceplate and the engraving of the name of the deceased, the date of birth and the date of death are included in the sale price of the niche. No other names, dates or inscriptions are allowed. The required engraving for the first inurnment is included and must be done immediately after the inurnment. A temporary faceplate will be provided until the engraved faceplate is returned.
- No permanent decorations, medallions, or other attachments may be affixed to the faceplate.
- If the inurnment of the second body in a single niche occurs at a different time than the first, a reopening fee will be charged and the faceplate will be sent in for additional engraving at the fee listed in the fee schedule in effect at the time of the second inurnment.
- No engraved artwork is allowed on the faceplate except the veterans star may be used as the date separator for those who served in the United States military.
- No permanent memorials will be allowed on or next to the columbarium.
- Ground level flower containers, artificial flowers, wreaths or crosses for Memorial Day must be removed by June 15th. Any left after that date will be removed by cemetery maintenance.
- Flexibility will be allowed the first thirty (30) days following an inurnment. Temporary memorials shall not cover or block another niche.
- Glass objects or glass containers of any kind are not permitted.
- Toys, metal framework, shepherd hooks, Styrofoam or wooden crosses, ornaments, figurines, solar lights, balloons, wind chimes, decorative flags or items of the same nature are not permitted. The City reserves the right to remove any items deemed unacceptable.
- No floral sprays or decorative arrangements are permitted to be affixed or secured to the top of the columbarium or on the benches surrounding the
person may discharge any firearm or have possession of
any firearm within the cemetery grounds at any time except
for use during military services, Memorial Day observations,
or use by law enforcement personnel.
person shall wrongfully take, remove, or convert to his
own use any property within the cemetery without the owners
consent or make any excavation therein without first obtaining
the consent of the cemetery superintendent.
person may wrongfully obstruct or blockade any driveway
or pathway within the cemetery or wrongfully damage or
destroy any property within the cemetery.
person may drive any motor vehicle at a speed in excess
of five miles per hour within the cemetery and such vehicles
must confine their travel to established roadways except
where the cemetery superintendent expressly authorized
such travel elsewhere.
person shall disturb the dignity, peace, and quiet of
the cemetery by the use of excessive noise or boisterous
and unruly conduct within the limits of the cemetery.
person shall enter or leave the cemetery except through
established gateways provided for such purpose.
person may allow any animal to run at large in the cemetery.
person may loiter at any time, nor be in the cemetery
without permission of the cemetery superintendent at any
time between the hours of sunset and 7:00 a.m.
person may use the cemetery grounds or any road therein
as a public thoroughfare nor drive any vehicle in or upon
the cemetery grounds except for legitimate purposes relating
to the ordinary and customary use of the cemetery.
or steel vaults of a design approved by the superintendent
are required for all burials other than cremations.
trees or vines may be planted, nor may fences be erected.
The City reserves the right to remove any tree, shrub,
vine, plant or flower which may become unsightly, dangerous
or not in keeping with the landscape design of the cemetery.
monuments and markers shall be set true to line and grade.
The lot owner is responsible for any failure to abide
by this regulation and shall pay for any charges or damages.
for Flowers and Urns
is the aim of the City of Benson to make the Benson City Cemetery
a quiet and beautiful cemetery. To continue improvement and
to preserve the appearance of the cemetery requires the cooperation
of all the lot owners.
to maintain a high standard of care and safety by the maintenance
of mowing at reasonable intervals, trimming, raking and
cleaning the cemetery grounds, pruning shrubs and trees,
and snow removal the Cemetery Board approved these changes.
flowers, trees, shrubs or vines are to be planted on the
gravesites or on the cemetery grounds.
must be in a flower urn, planter, pot or otherwise removable
flower urns, pots must be placed in a one-legged plant
stand alongside the monument and not be wider at the base
than the concrete grave marker and in line with all the
grave stones in that row. The one-legged plant stands
must be ¾” in diameter and hold no more than
one potted plant.
level flower containers, artificial flowers, wreaths or
crosses for Memorial Day must be removed by June 15th
to permit mowing and trimming. Any left after this date
will be removed by cemetery maintenance.
bronze stars approved by the City are allowed in addition
to the aforementioned flower containers.
toys, metal framework, Styrofoam, wood crosses, shepherd’s
hooks, ornaments, figurines, solar lights, balloons, wind
chimes, decorative flags and similar articles upon plots
will not be permitted. The City reserves the right to
remove any article deemed unacceptable.
floral sprays or decorative arrangements are permitted
to be affixed or secured to the top of upright monuments.
October 1st of each year, all floral decorations including
real and artificial flowers along with the containers
shall be removed. The one-legged plant stands may remain
on site. Stands not in use by July 1st will be removed.
- See columbarium section for flower information.
Cemetery disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage
beyond its reasonable control. The Cemetery through its
management reserves the right at any time and from time
to time change, amend, alter, repeal, rescind, or add to
these rules and regulations or any part thereof, or to adopt
any new rules or regulations with respect to its Cemetery
or anything pertaining thereto.
Benson City Cemetery
May 1, 2014
Benson City Cemetery • 1600 Oregon Ave. • Benson,
MN 56215 • 320-843-4775