City of Bridgman, MI
Berrien County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgman 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 151. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All cemeteries which may hereafter be acquired by the City are hereby declared to be the allowed burying grounds, and no person or organization of persons shall establish any future cemeteries within the City without securing a special land use permit for such use. No person shall dispose, scatter, or bury any human body or parts thereof, remains, or ashes in any place within the City other than in public or private burying grounds. No stones, memorial marker or tombstones shall be placed outside a public or private cemetery. This chapter shall not apply to the regulation of the Lake Charter Township Cemetery.
Any public cemetery established by the City, whether located within the City limits or outside the boundaries, shall be governed by the City Council.
Any private cemetery or burial grounds shall comply with the following regulations:[1]
A. 
The minimum land area of any private cemetery or burial grounds shall be 10 acres.
B. 
The land shall be used for no other purpose, except a cemetery or burial grounds.
C. 
All sides of the cemetery or burial grounds shall be adequately screened from any residential area.
D. 
All private cemeteries or burial grounds shall provide a minimum of two means of ingress and egress.
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Editor's Note: Original Sec. 3a of the 1999 Compiled Ordinances, regarding location of cemeteries, which immediately followed, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The Chief of Police, or any officer of the Bridgman Police Department, is hereby authorized to enter upon or into any lands, premises, building or structure within the City at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspecting the same to determine whether any burials or internment has occurred, or whether the provisions of this chapter are being observed.
Any disposal, scattering or burial of a human body, remains, or ashes within the City, except in a public cemetery, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and the same may be abated and removed or its continuance enjoined in any manner provided or permitted by law for the abatement of nuisance. The term "burial" as used in this chapter shall mean and include every disposition of human bodies, remains, or ashes from cremation. The term "public cemetery" shall mean the Lake Charter Township Cemetery or any cemetery acquired by the City.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment to 90 days.