Borough of North Arlington, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Arlington 3-21-1978 by Ord. No. 1128 (Ch. 131 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 229-1
Definitions. 

§ 229-2
Restrictions on numbers. 

§ 229-3
Height and location restrictions. 

§ 229-4
Construction specifications. 

§ 229-5
Crypts. 

§ 229-6
Access roads; parking; traffic attendant. 

§ 229-7
Venting of interments. 

§ 229-8
Sealing of crypt; records of interment; inspection; fee. 

§ 229-9
Roof. 

§ 229-10
Disinterment. 

§ 229-11
Health and structural inspection; cost; violations and penalties. 

§ 229-12
Maintenance program. 

§ 229-13
Fee prior to issuance of building permit. 

§ 229-14
Issuance of building permit. 

[Amended 4-18-1978 by Ord. No. 1137]

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

FAMILY MAUSOLEUM
A building or structure for the interment of the dead having less than 20 interments.
MAUSOLEUM
A building or structure for the interment of the dead having a minimum of 20 interments and a maximum of 6,200 interments.
A. 

There shall only be one mausoleum per cemetery permitted.

B. 

Family mausoleums shall be unlimited in number.

A. 

The maximum height of all mausoleum buildings shall be 40 feet, and the maximum size is not to exceed 27,000 square feet of ground area.

B. 

No mausoleum shall be constructed within a minimum of 500 feet from the property line. No in-ground burials or other cemetery uses are permitted within 50 feet of the mausoleum. There shall be no burials or other cemetery uses within 50 feet of any property line, and such open space shall provide a proper landscaping plan to be approved by the Planning Board.

[Amended 10-17-1978 by Ord. No. 1162]

A. 

No mausoleum shall be constructed unless the exterior walls are of masonry, natural stone, granite or marble, and all exterior finished materials shall be of equal quality. The thickness of the outside walls and other structural considerations shall be no less restrictive than those used for the construction of the presently existing private mausoleums in the cemetery.

B. 

The Construction Code Official shall determine the suitability of the substance or material proposed to be utilized in the construction of the exterior walls, which exterior finished material shall be of equal quality.

C. 

In the event the Construction Code Official shall deem it necessary to retain an independent expert to aid in the determination as to the suitability of materials, he/she shall consult with the Mayor and Council who may retain such expert on behalf of the municipality.

D. 

All mausoleums must be constructed in accordance with the requirements of federal, state, county and local rules and regulations, standards and building codes, including, but not limited to, fire prevention, safety and health codes.

No niche or crypt shall be permitted to open upon or be capable of being opened upon the exterior walls of the building. There shall be no more than two interments to a crypt; each interment shall be individually sealed by a concrete slab, mortared into place with an epoxy grout which would be impervious to air and liquids.

A. 

There shall be access roads to the mausoleum, and there shall be an on-site parking area adjacent to the mausoleum for a minimum of 60 public parking sites.

B. 

The cemetery management shall hire a full-time parking or traffic attendant whose function will be to facilitate the flow of traffic into the cemetery and off the local roadways, so as not to interfere with local traffic. Failure to provide a full-time parking or traffic attendant or failure to facilitate the flow of traffic into the cemetery and off the local roadways, and/or allow, permit or cause interference with local traffic shall constitute a violation of this chapter, punishable per violation as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.

C. 

The cemetery management shall provide no new entrances to the cemetery.

[Amended 4-18-1978 by Ord. No. 1137]

All interments shall be individually vented, and all vent or drain openings shall be suitably screened with nonferrous screening material of proper mesh fine enough to prevent the possibility of dissemination of insects, larvae or vermin from one interment to another or to the outside.

Each crypt is to be sealed, after entombment, with a cement slab set flush against the concrete and mortared into place with an epoxy grout which would be impervious to air and liquids. Accurate records shall be kept by the cemetery management of each interment, and the Construction Code Official and Board of Health shall be notified immediately of each interment for the purpose of inspecting the sealing of the crypt. The cemetery management shall pay to the Borough the fee of $20 per crypt for said inspection. In the event it shall be necessary for the Construction Code Official or Board of Health to engage independent expertise, the cemetery management shall bear the cost of said inspection and shall be guided by the expert's recommendation.

The roof of the mausoleums shall be constructed of marble, granite or prestressed reinforced concrete. If prestressed reinforced concrete is utilized, it shall be covered with suitable material to protect against the elements.

No interment shall be made in any crypt or niche of a disinterred body unless such disinterred body shall first have been placed in a hermetically sealed container, such as sheet metal or other material. If the coffin, casket or other container in which the body was originally interred shall at the time of disinterment be contained in a vault, the integrity of which has not been disturbed, that vault shall remain undisturbed, and reinterment in the crypt or niche shall be made in that vault, where possible. All such disinterments shall be subject to inspection by the state and local Board of Health and shall obtain a permit from said Boards for disinterment.

The mausoleum shall be subject to yearly health and structural inspections by an independent expert in each respective field, chosen by the Mayor and Council. The cost of said inspections shall be borne by the cemetery management. The independent experts shall report to the Mayor and Council who shall notify the cemetery management of any violations within 20 days of receipt of the reports. If said violations are not corrected or correction commenced within 30 days following receipt of the notice or if said corrective work is not completed within 60 days, penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty, per day, shall be imposed. If said corrective work cannot reasonably be completed within 60 days, cemetery management may apply to the Mayor and Council for an extension, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

Cemetery management shall submit to the Mayor and Council a maintenance program for the mausoleum, which shall include, but not be limited to, a twenty-four-hour maintenance person on the premises at all times to ensure the upkeep of the mechanical and physical operations of the mausoleum. Said maintenance program shall be subject to the approval of the Mayor and Council, and the cemetery management shall adhere to and include in their program all reasonable requests and/or suggestions of the Mayor and Council.

For purposes of defraying the cost of supervision of the construction and/or erection of such building by the Construction Code Official, the applicant shall be required to pay to the Borough of North Arlington the fee of $10 per crypt and the fee of $5 per niche, prior to the issuance of any building permit.

No building permit shall be issued by the Construction Code Official for any new building or structure, nor shall a certificate of occupancy be issued, unless the applicant provides proof of compliance with the requirements of federal, state, county and local rules and regulations, standards and building codes, including, but not limited to, fire prevention, safety and health codes and the applicable sections of this chapter.