Chapter 1. General Provisions of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 8. >> Part 5. >> Chapter 1.
This part shall be known and may be cited as the Mausoleum
and Columbarium Law.
The purpose of this part is to insure the durability and
permanence of mausoleums and columbariums by requiring that they be
constructed of such material and workmanship as determined by modern
mausoleum-columbarium engineering science, the minimum requirements
for which are set forth in this part.
Unless the provision or the context otherwise requires, the
definitions and general provisions set forth in this chapter govern
the construction of this part.
"Mausoleum" includes any building or structure, used or
intended to be used, for the interment of human remains. A
columbarium may be built within a mausoleum.
"Private mausoleum or columbarium" shall be a freestanding
(a) Is constructed for use by the members of any one group, and
not for the sale of space therein to any other person.
(b) Does not contain crypts for the interment of more than 12
uncremated human remains, and a columbarium, niches for the interment
of not more than 20 cremated human remains.
(c) Is not constructed for occupancy by any person except in the
course of making an interment.
"Companion crypts" or "nest of crypts" means two or more
crypts entered through a single crypt opening.
"Columbarium" includes any building or structure, used or
intended to be used, for the interment of cremated human remains.
"Uniform Building Code" means the 1991 Edition of the Uniform
Building Code, with 1992 amendments, adopted and published by the
International Conference of Building Officials.
"The Uniform Plumbing Code" means the 1991 Edition of the
Plumbing Code, with 1992 amendments, adopted and published by the
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
"National Electrical Code" means the 1990 Edition of the
National Electrical Code, with 1992 amendments, adopted and published
by the National Fire Protection Association.
"Incombustible Material" means and includes any material
having an ignition temperature higher than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
"Type I Construction" includes the type of construction
designated and specified as Type I Building Construction in the
Uniform Building Code.
The provisions of this part shall not apply to any structure
or building used or intended to be used for the interment of human
remains all portions of which are below the ground.
(a) The provisions of this part shall apply to any cemetery
that acquires, constructs, improves, maintains, or repairs a
mausoleum or columbarium.
(b) The provisions of this part shall apply to any public cemetery
district that acquires, constructs, improves, maintains, or repairs