The cemetery

Laval Cemetery regulations


These regulations are meant to establish common standards with which all visitors to the Cemetery should comply to ensure the pleasant design of the grounds, the mutual respect of users and the Cemetery’s orderly operation and maintenance, especially with regard to its administrative and contractual commitments. 

Secular character of the Cemetery

The Cemetery welcomes clients from all religions and beliefs. 

Cemetery layout and register

The Cemetery reserves the right to modify at any time the layout of a plot or section not yet sold by the Cemetery.

Cemetery maintenance

The Cemetery ensures the maintenance of lawns, walkways and roads, weather permitting, except under special circumstances such as the redevelopment of the Cemetery or during the servicing of public utilities. 

The Cemetery may, at the expense of the plot owner, remove any plant, ornament or fence found in an unauthorized place and whose size or configuration may adversely affect the Cemetery’s maintenance activities whose appearance may not be suitable for the purpose of the site or the harmonious nature of the premises. 

Only Cemetery employees, or any other person expressly authorized by the Cemetery for this purpose, are entitled to do any work in the Cemetery.

Civil liability and insurance

The Cemetery is not responsible for any actions, acts or damages caused by others, by natural elements, accidents or any other factor. In addition, the Cemetery accepts no liability for objects placed or erected on a plot (e.g., monuments, plaques, flowers, plants, or any other ornaments) by the plot owner or any third party.

In addition, the Cemetery does not incur any liability for damages that may be done to a plot when its configuration or layout makes maintenance work and Cemetery operations difficult or impossible. Similarly, where the development of a plot does not comply with these regulations, the offending plot owner shall be liable for any damages incurred

It is the responsibility of the plot owner to insure the plot against the usual risks, including theft or vandalism and civil liability. 

Plot owner’s address

The address of the plot owner as it appears in the Cemetery register shall be deemed to be that to which any communication is to be sent for the purposes of the application of these regulations. 

It is therefore the responsibility of the plot owner to inform the Cemetery, in writing, of any change of address, and/or any change of the plot owner’s name.


The plot does not confer the ownership of the allotted space (grave, niche, urn vault or crypt) but strictly the right to bury remains or to preserve the ashes of a deceased person for the period specified in the burial contract, the whole in accordance with the law.

The Cemetery may concede a plot for the burial of one or more deceased persons or the burial of their ashes. Only the Cemetery can establish the number of places available in a plot, as stipulated in the burial contract. The Cemetery also establishes the dimensions of the plot.


No plot title is granted by the Cemetery or its authorized representatives prior to the total payment of the agreed price.


No monument or other work may be installed until the plot owner has fully paid the agreed price and, if applicable, the required installation permit. Such a permit, which is subject to administrative costs, is mandatory.

In addition, the plot owner may not erect a monument or other work that is not from the Cemetery without first submitting a plan to the registrar and obtaining written permission to proceed. The monuments and plaques must be made either of granite that is at least ten (10) centimetres thick or of bronze.

Monuments and plaques must be placed at the back end of the plot and be adequately installed on the foundation built by the Cemetery. The plot owner is responsible for the maintenance of the monument or the plaque and assumes all related expenses. 

Aging or damaged monuments

The Cemetery reserves the right to remove from a plot any monument that is crumbling and/or to remove the damaged or crumbling parts after having sent fifteen (15) days’ notice to the plot owner at the last address recorded in the Cemetery register.

However, in the event of an emergency or security risk, the Cemetery has the discretion to act without further notice or delay.


General principle

The only ornaments permitted on the Cemetery plots are those described in these Regulations, depending on the type of plot in question. Any other unauthorized ornaments may be removed by the Cemetery at the plot owner’s expense, without further notice or compensation.

Such ornaments must comply with the law and public order and be suitable for the purpose of the site and be consistent with the design and layout of the premises. The same principle applies to any inscriptions intended to be engraved on or affixed to a monument, a plaque or an urn. Thus, the cemetery may delete any inscription or remove from a plot any object that may be harmful or contrary to public order, that may be unsuitable for the site as a whole or its use, or which would offend the users or disturb the peace and dignity of the premises.

In order to facilitate the maintenance of the Cemetery and ensure safety, it is forbidden to close off a plot in any way, in particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, with the construction of a wall, half-wall, a pit, fence or hedge.

The Cemetery retains the discretion over its entire property and plots to remove flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs and other plants as well as synthetic flowers or other ornaments (including lamps, lanterns, statuettes, decorative stones, fences), without further notice or compensation. The Cemetery may also destroy a mound erected in an unauthorized section of the Cemetery without further notice or compensation.

Authorized items

The planting of trees or shrubs and the installation of synthetic flowers and/or other ornaments in the ground (in particular, lamps, lanterns, statuettes, decorative stones, fencing) are prohibited on a family plot. However, lamps, lanterns, statuettes and other ornaments are permitted on the monument or at the base of the monument identifying the plot.