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State Laws & Commission Rules

North Carolina State Laws and Cemetery Commission Rules

The following links will take you to external websites where you may view the current General Statutes and the Administrative Rules that govern activities by the Cemetery Commission as well as the cemeteries we license.

Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules

In the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted Session Law 2013-413 establishing G.S. § 150B-21.3A, “Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules.” This statute requires the Rules Review Commission to establish a process and schedule for those covered agencies to ensure compliance with the law. This schedule and process requires agencies to review their active rules codified in the NC Administrative Code every 10 years.

An Overview of the Review Process

The new regulatory process requires all covered agencies, including the NC Cemetery Commission, to review all of their active rules. The Cemetery Commission was asked to classifyeach rule as:

  1. “Necessary with substantive public interest,” generally meaning the rule is needed but there are known or suspected concerns about it from the public;
  2. “Necessary without substantive public interest,” generally meaning the rule is needed and there is no known concerns from the public; or
  3. “Unnecessary,” meaning the agency determined the rule is obsolete, redundant or otherwise no longer needed.The Cemetery Commission now invites public comment on their initial classification of their Rules.

Click here for the Commission’s initial classification

The Comment Period will be open from February 09, 2018 through April 4, 2018.

Public Comment may be submitted by mail as follows:

NC Cemetery Commission
Attn: Public Comment
Pinewood Building
1001 Navaho Drive, Suite 207
Raleigh, NC 27609-7318.

“Public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule. Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).