Rules & Regulations



The Rules and Regulations of the Woodinville Cemetery (“Cemetery”) are intended to:

  • Honor the dead.
  • Protect the graves and Headstones/Memorials.
  • Give the Cemetery grounds a neat appearance.
  • Facilitate grounds maintenance.
  • Provide a safe place for people to visit.


  • All persons visiting the Cemetery are expected to honor the dead with appropriate behavior.
  • Two walk-through gates are available for visitors from dawn to dusk.  Do not enter after dark.
  • Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior; children shall not run or play in the Cemetery.
  • Pets are prohibited in the Cemetery.
  • Please do not litter; use the garbage cans at both ends of the Cemetery.
  • Please do not disturb the Graves, Memorials or Headstones.
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Cemetery. 


According to the wishes of Ira and Susan Woodin when they donated the land for the Cemetery, the Woodinville Cemetery is reserved for persons with a connection to the Woodinville area (“Eligible Person(s)). 

  • Eligible Persons must reside in the 98072 or 98077 zip codes, or the area of Bothell adjacent to the 98072 zip code defined as SR 522 to the south-120th Ave NE to the west and the Snohomish County line to the north and the 98072 zip code to the east.
  • An Eligible Person is defined as someone who is a direct relative or descendant of someone who is buried or has purchased a plot in the Cemetery.  This includes grandparents, spouses, children, parents, brothers, sisters, and domestic partners.  This also includes step/half/adopted, parents, siblings, and children.
  • If someone feels they have a connection to Woodinville and they do not qualify as an Eligible Person they may appeal to the Woodinville Cemetery Board of Directors.


  • Only human remains may be buried in the Cemetery.
  • Plot owners or their Executor may designate the Eligible Person who will use the plot.
  • If a plot has not be used within 70 years of purchase; or contact with the Cemetery has not been made with 70 years, the Cemetery reserves the right to re-assign that plot. 
  • The Cemetery has the right to reassign a plot location if unrecorded evidence of a previous burial in that location is found, or if an internment will not fit in the plot.
  • Plot owners may not sell their plot, except to the cemetery at the original purchase price paid.
  • A relative of a plot owner without a deed of ownership will be granted use rights only if they can prove lineage and produce written proof that no other descendants have interest in that plot.


  • No casket interment is permitted without certification from a funeral home.  Any funeral home may use the Woodinville Cemetery. 
  • A plot must be paid for at the time of purchase; the Cemetery does not finance purchases.
  • Plots will not be held or reserved for future purchase.
  • Interment and other Costs are to be paid for before the burial according to the Cemetery’s price list in effect at the date of service.  There will be no sales of pre-paid services – contact the Cemetery for a price list.
  • Full Casket burials shall be in concrete liners sold by the Cemetery or vaults sold by the funeral home.
  • One full plot holds one full casket burial or up to 4 cremation burials; a cremation burial can be interred on top of a casket – contact the Cemetery for a price list. 
  • Notice for the need of an interment must be made at least three days before interment so the ground can be prepared.  The actual date of internment shall be approved at the sole discretion of the Cemetery.
  • All burials must be marked with a Cemetery approved Memorial or Headstone within one year of the burial.
  • Permission for removing interments will be in accordance with RCW 68.50.


This section refers to Headstones, Monuments, Markers and Memorials in the same context.  This regulation will refer to all of these objects as Memorials or Headstones.

  • Woodinville Cemetery allows above ground Memorials or Headstones on certain Cemetery designated plots.  Above ground means any Memorial or Headstone that is raised and not flat to the ground.  There is a one-time fee of $500 to cover the extra maintenance required around these settings.   This fee is payable to the Woodinville Cemetery prior to installation. 
  • All Memorials or Headstones must be purchased and installed by a licensed Memorial Company or the Cemetery; and approved by a Cemetery executive prior to purchase and installation.  Homemade Memorials or Headstones are prohibited.
  • Full size plots can be used for one casket burial plus up to four cremation burials or for up to four cremation burials.  Only one above ground Memorial or Headstone is allowed per plot.  Additional Memorials or Headstones on a single plot must be flat.  One Memorial or Headstone is allowed per interment.
  • Blocks Two and Five are considered by the Cemetery as Pioneer Sections.  Memorials or Headstones must coincide with traditional Memorials or Headstones found in these Sections.  The height limit for above ground Memorials in these Sections is 38 inches from ground level with a maximum width 36 inches.  Black granite and dark colored Memorials or Headstones are prohibited in these Sections.
  • Memorials placed in the Cemetery may have either a concrete or granite foundation with a minimum 2-inch border.
  • Above ground Memorials, other than in Blocks Two and Five, must not exceed a maximum height of 44 inches from ground level and a maximum width of 36 inches.  This measurement includes Tablet, Base and Foundation. 
  • Double Width above ground Memorials, including Benches, installed over two plots, must not exceed maximum height 44 inches, maximum width 60 inches.  This measurement includes Tablet, Base and Foundation. 
  • Single Width flat Memorials or Headstones must not exceed a maximum width 40 inches including any border.
  • Garden plot Memorials or Headstones must measure 12”x8”x4”.  Installation in the cremation Garden plots may be provided by cemetery personnel.
  • Memorial setting and on-site engraving must be scheduled in advance with the Cemetery prior to the work being performed.  There is no on-site office.  Cemetery personnel must be contacted by phone or email for scheduling.
  • Permanent granite vases must be above ground level and installed as part of the Memorial or Headstone.  Attached above ground vases attached to Flat Headstones are prohibited.  Vases for flat Memorials or Headstones must be the type stored in the ground.
  • Memorials must be ordered and installed within one year after interment to formally mark the grave.
  • The Woodinville Cemetery will provide a small temporary marker for up to one year following internment to identify a burial.  The marker will be removed after one year.
  • No trees, shrubs, flowers or other items may be planted or installed on or around a plot.
  • The Cemetery will endeavor to see that Memorials and Headstones remain in good condition.  However, it does not bind itself to maintain, repair or replace any Memorial or Headstone structures which might be damaged due to weather, age, vandalism or normal maintenance. 


Decorations will be defined as anything natural or artificial such as but not limited to figurines, flowers (real or artificial), stuffed animals, ornaments, wrought iron, urns, photographs and the like. Holiday decorations are allowed and will be removed after 30 days or when they become unsightly. 

  • The general guideline for removal is when the Decoration/Flowers become dead, faded, broken, or anything of a similar nature (particularity artificial flowers.)  Items scatter in the Cemetery by the birds will be thrown away.
  • Decorations/Flowers can be removed by the Cemetery in its sole discretion. 
  • Decoration/Flowers must be placed on a Memorial or Headstone.  Potted plants in containers are allowed on graves as long as the container remains atop the confines of the marker on the grave.  Flowers or Decorations not placed on a Memorial or Headstone will be removed for lawn maintenance or if they are killing the grass.
  • Decorations/Flowers and other items placed on Plots with no Memorial or Headstone will be removed for lawn maintenance or if it becomes unsightly.
  • No glass containers are allowed October – April.
  • No trees, shrubs, flowers or other items may be planted or installed on or around a plot.


  • Contract for maintenance of grounds and graves
  • Contract for improvements to ground and graves
  • Contract for opening and closing of graves.
  • Authorize placement or replacement of Memorials or Headstones.


The Woodinville Cemetery does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations