Monuments & Markers in Cemeteries

If you know where you want a monument or marker installed, contact the monument dealer of your choice directly. If you do not own the property where you want the monument or market installed, you must show proof that you have permission from the owner to install a monument or marker. The monument dealer must visit the site to make sure there are no existing monuments or markers.

If you do not know where to install the monument or marker:

Before installation, you must sign a contract and pay all fees. The monument dealer often collects fees and writes the contract. When fees are paid, the City of Hamilton pours the concrete foundation for a monument or installs the marker.

Monument or marker fees

In addition to the monument cost, there are fees for:

  • Pouring the foundation for the monument
  • Care and Maintenance Trust Fund

Cost depends on the size of the monument. Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-2424 ext. 4704 for information.

In addition to the marker cost, there are fees for:

  • Installation of the marker
  • Care and Maintenance Trust Fund

Cost depends on the size of the marker. Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-2424 ext. 4704 for information.

Monument or marker restrictions

There are restrictions on the size and type of monument or marker that can be installed in cemeteries.

  • Restrictions depend on the location and the cemetery
  • Check the City of Hamilton Cemeteries By-Law (By-Law No. 12-151) for restrictions

Monuments, markers or mausoleums must be made of granite or other industry standard material that is free from defects affecting durability.

If you use bronze, it must:

  • Be used only for the fixtures such as doors, window grilles or statuary of mausoleums or for tablets attached to markers
  • Meet industry standards for bronze
  • Have true casting  without any sand-like roughness
  • Not be made of veneered marble, wood, iron or artificial stone

Inscriptions on a monuments, markers or mausoleums must:

  • Reflect the dignity and decorum of the cemetery
  • Not be on the back of a monument where monuments are located back-to-back
  • Only be on the back of a monument with advance written permission of the Director where monuments are not located back-to-back

Only one monument can be at the head of a single-grave in locations designated by the Director or a two-grave plot.