General Info - Statewide Permit
This Maryland permit is for cemetery businesses (Corporation, LLC, LLP, Partnership, and Branch Office) who are registered to utilize their land and other structures for interments and to provide burial goods and services to the public.
$200.00 - $250,000.00
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Apply for the Permit
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
Submit yearly perpetual care trust report.
Submit yearly preneed burial trust report.
Why the Permit is required?
The purpose of the Office of Cemetery Oversight (OCO) is to provide high standards of performance in the death care industry, enhance healthy economic competition, promote consumer confidence in burial goods products and services and to provide structure and oversight to pre -planning arrangements. The OCO provides a responsive complaint/resolution process for consumers and operates a fair and effective regulatory enforcement system for cemeteries, monument dealers and sellers of burial goods and crematories that are subject to its regulatory authority. The primary objective for the OCO is to license and monitor sole proprietorships, individuals, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies operating cemeteries as well as businesses providing burial goods and services to consumers, including monuments and memorials, in the State of Maryland. OCO also regulates and provides licensure for crematories, under their jurisdiction, in the state.
What laws and regulations give Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation the legal authority to issue this approval?
The Office of Cemetery Oversight (OCO) was established in Title 5 of the Business Regulation Article of the Maryland Annotated Code by the Maryland Legislature in August 1997. It was placed under the regulatory authority of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.