Several typical cemetery regulations include particular sizes and shapes of headstones, items allowed in, on or around the grave area, and headstone or monument colors and materials. Cemeteries can be state owned, county owned, church owned or privately owned, so individual regulations may vary.
One of the most widespread cemetery regulations involves artificial flowers. Cemeteries typically do not permit artificial arrangements during mowing season. These dates often range from May 1 to September 30, but some cemeteries choose Memorial Day to Labor Day as a guide. Smaller cemeteries may permit artificial arrangements during summer months because the landscaping upkeep is less involved.
Decorations that are not permitted at any time in many cemeteries include balloons, windmills, gravel, fencing, glass containers and eternal flames. There are also cemeteries that only permit flowers in approved vases which connect to the headstone, allowing no placing or planting of flowers around the headstone or in the ground.
There are cemeteries that permit only specific types of headstones. Some allow only bronze markers on a granite base, some allow only granite, and others may restrict the coloring of the stones or bases. Cemeteries also regulate whether or not a headstone can be upright or flat.