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The City of Hays maintains two cemeteries:

  • Mount Allen Cemetery (27th & Vine)
  • Fort Hays Memorial Gardens (West Cemetery)

For more information about Mt. Allen or Memorial Gardens cemetery please contact: Hays City Clerk
         1507 Main St
         Hays, KS 67601

arrow08Cemetery Rules

  • The cemetery is used solely for the burial of human bodies.
  • Do not enter the cemetery property between one hour after sunset and the hour of sunrise of any day.
  • Do not enter the cemetery property when gates or entrances are closed, locked or blocked.
  • All entries must be made through established and open entrances or gateways.
  • Possession or discharge of firearms or fireworks while in the cemetery is prohibited. (Excluding military personnel or members of veterans organizations.)
  • Speed limit not to exceed 15 mph.
  • Vehicles may be operated on designated roads and parking areas only with the exception of deliveries in connection with cemetery work.
  •  Animals prohibited.
  • Do not dispose of any rubbish, trash or waste materials in the cemetery.
  • Do not remove, deface or destroy any headstone, monument marker, tomb, vault, mausoleum or decoration on any grave space or niche.
  • Do not open or disturb any grave or place of burial.
  • Do not cut down, damage or destroy any trees, shrubs or other plants growing within the cemetery.
  • Do not pick, pluck or cut any flowers or decorative plants.
  • Do not cultivate or plant any shrubbery, flowers, or trees at any location within the City cemeteries.
  • No loitering or trespassing.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.

arrow08Sale of Grave Spaces

All grave spaces are sold in quantities of not less then one-fourth of a lot (two spaces), except in areas that have been designated by the City as being available for single spaces.


  • 1 space - $250.00
  • 2 spaces - lot - $500.00
  • 4 spaces - lot - $1,000.00
  • 8 spaces - 1 full lot - $2,000.00
  • Infant space - $50.00

Cremation burials shall be on single spaces with two cremation burials allowed on a single space.

One full burial and one cremation burial permitted on a single space provided the full burial is interred first.

arrow08Sale of Columbarium Niches

Prices include the cost of the columbarium niche, perpetual care, and vase ring.


  • Top row #1 – single niche $1,100 – double niche $1,900
  • Row #2 & #3 – single niche $1,200 – double niche $2,100
  • Row #4 – single niche $1,100 – double niche $1,900
  • Row #5 – single niche $1,000 – double niche $1,700
  • Row #6 – single niche $900 – double niche $1,500

Two urns will be allowed per niche.

arrow08Opening a Grave

A permit is required before opening a grave space or niche. The permit can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office. 

Requirements for permit:

  • Requests should be made ten (10) working hours before the time of burial.
  • Evidence of full payment of a grave space or niche.
  • Permit fee paid in full

Fees for opening grave:


  • $250.00
  • $300.00 on weekends and designated City holidays

Crematory grave, columbarium niche, or designated infant areas:

  • $50.00
  • $100.00 on weekends & designated City holidays

arrow08Reopen a Grave (Disinter or Remove a Body)

  • Obtain a disinterment permit from the City Clerk's Office.

    Requests shall be made not less than five (5) working days before the time of disinterment.
  • Payment of the service charge.
    • Inground full grave space - $500.00
    • Inground cremation or infant - $100.00
    • Columbarium niche - $100.00
  • City permit information required:
    • The number of the lot and block.
    • The name of the person interred.
    • The time of such interment.
    • The location of the future interment
    • The reason.
    • Must be signed by a member of the family or when there is no family, by the next of kin requesting the disinterment.
  • Upon completion of the work, the cemetery caretaker will submit a statement of the charges incurred in accordance with the rules of the cemetery division.
  • An order of the district court or the judge of such court, for the exhumation of the body of the deceased person shall be sufficient application for a permit required under this section. The cost of such exhumation including the payment of the required service charges shall be a claim against the county commissioners as provided by law.
  • The cost of such exhumation including the payment of the required service charges shall be a claim against the county commissioners as provided by law.

arrow08Monuments and Markers

  • No monument, headstone or columbarium door of any kind shall be placed, removed, or relocated on any grave space or niche without a permit from the City.
  • No inscription should be made upon a monument, headstone, or columbarium door without a permit from the City.
  • All monuments, headstones, or columbarium doors must be put up under the supervision of the cemetery caretaker.

Permit Requirements:

  • Must be submitted in writing by the grave space or niche owner, his or her agent or representative.
  • Description of the work to be done.
  • Payment of a fee fixed by the City Commission.
  • No permit will be granted until the grave space or niche is paid in full.

Monument and Headstone Foundations:

  • Concrete foundations for monuments and headstones shall be provided in all cases.
  • Concrete shall be made with six parts of coarse sand or gravel and not less than one part of Portland quality cement thoroughly mixed.
  • The concrete shall be poured in a pit up to grade and made perfectly level on top.
  • The pit for the foundation shall extend not less than the full width and length of the monument or headstone.
  • The pit shall be in general not less than three-fifths of the volume of the monument or headstone in proportion to the size and weight thereof.
  • A minimum notice of three (3) working days must be provided to the cemetery caretaker prior to installation. 
  • Erection of said structures shall not damage or disturb other grave spaces, avenues or walkways.
  • All unused materials and rubbish shall be removed promptly after completion of work.
  • No monuments or headstones shall be more than one foot in height, unless such stone is at least six inches in thickness.
  • Monuments and headstones must be natural stone hard enough to refine to a smooth and glossy condition.
  • All monuments and headstones must be set by the monument company under the supervision of the caretaker or officer in charge of the cemetery.
  • Mausoleums, vaults or other burial structures, built or constructed entirely aboveground, or partly by excavation therein, will not be allowed in any city-owned or operated cemetery. 
  • The permanent mounding of a grave space is prohibited.
  • Enclosures such as fences, walls, and curbs around grave spaces or portions thereof are prohibited.
  • When grave spaces are neglected and uncared for, for any reason, the City may care for the lots as other grounds in the cemetery.
  • If any trees, shrubs or structures of any kind situated on any lot become dangerous or detrimental within the cemetery, the City may cause such condition to be corrected or the offending plant or structure removed.

arrow08Monuments Setting Fee

  • Single space - $10.00
  • Double space - $25.00


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