Frequently Asked Questions
Payment options? We do not accept Cash; however, money orders made payable to the County of Riverside are accepted. We do accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover.
My relative is close to dying (in hospital, residence or nursing home). When the time comes, what do I do? First we recommend contacting a funeral home of your preference. Contact us at (951) 657-2352 to establish a time for you to meet and make burial arrangements. Please note that no arrangements are required in advance. We provide you with the option of making arrangements in advance or after death occurs.
Can I pre-pay for my burial grave space now? Yes. Simply contact us at (951) 657-2352 or at email address PerrisValleyCemetery@rivco.org and we will make sure to explain our different services. Pre-planning can provide you with peace of mind and some protection from rising costs. Pre-planning is one of the most important ways you can protect your family. Making choices ahead of time can help spare your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions during a period of great stress and grief.
Why do I have to use a vault? Is it required by law? California State law does not require a vault or grave liner. However, many cemeteries require them to prevent the ground from collapsing.
Can I get a memorial Marker? Yes, but it must meet Perris Valley Cemetery District’s specifications. Please contact us at (951) 657-2352 to obtain the required specifications (see rules and regulations below). The marker will need to be delivered to Perris Valley Cemetery District for installation.
What is an Endowment Fund? California law requires public cemetery districts to maintain an Endowment Care Fund and to collect an endowment care contribution for each interment right sold (Health & Safety Code section 9065). Section 8738 establishes minimum endowment care contributions, but many public cemetery districts set aside more than the minimum required by law, to ensure that monies be available to maintain the cemetery in the future.
Rules and Regulations
1. No artificial flowers, ornaments, or candles allowed on gravesites. Potted plants (up to 3) may be placed on the grave marker only.
2. Christmas decorations will be allowed one week prior to Christmas Day and may remain through New Year’s Day. Following New Year’s Day they will be removed.
3. Gravesites may have a maximum of 2 approved flower vases. Permanent flower vases can be purchased from the office. Green temporary vases are available for use and are located throughout the cemetery grounds.
4. No alterations of gravesites are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, the installation of fences or any type of border.
5. Flowers will be removed on Thursdays each week. This may change with respect to weather conditions, appearance of the flowers, and/or maintenance needs.
1. Possession of any open containers of alcoholic beverages on the premises, parking lot, or adjoining sidewalk is prohibited by Riverside County Ordinance 694. Violators are subject to arrest.
2. The speed limit on the cemetery grounds is 10mph.
3. No animals are allowed on the cemetery grounds with the exception of service animals and horse drawn hearses.
4. No person shall plant any tree, shrub, bush or flower on the cemetery grounds. Donations for trees are acceptable but trees will be selected and planted under the direction of the Manager.
5. Fresh cut flowers may be placed in in-ground vases purchased from the cemetery or in green plastic vases provided at no cost by the cemetery. No more than two vases/containers shall be permitted on any one grave. Potted plants may only be placed on a memorial marker. If placed on the lawn, they will be disposed of by cemetery personnel. Flowers in such containers shall be removed as, in the opinion of the cemetery personnel, they become unsightly. Christmas decorations are allowed to be placed on the gravesites no earlier than December 15th, and will be disposed of on the first working day of the New Year. The County is not responsible for any damage caused to these decorations as a result of cemetery operations.
6. All persons other than Interment Right holders shall confine themselves to the roads, paths and other public places provided for public use within the cemetery grounds.
7. All children must be under the control of their adult companion.
8. Memorial markers must be made of solid industry standard granite. All memorial markers shall be set only by cemetery personnel. Memorial Markers are the property of the purchaser. Cemetery personnel exercise reasonable caution when working around the memorial markers, however the Perris Valley Cemetery District and the County of Riverside are not liable for any damage caused a result of cemetery operations.
9. Flush markers must be a maximum width and depth and thickness of 28” x 16” x 3” for single or double interments in a single grave, and 18” x 12” x 3” for cremation and infant gravesites. The markers must have either a 2” sanded or 2” polished beveled edge. You may place either size on a cremation / infant grave space. A maximum of only one memorial marker may be placed on any gravesite.
10. No interment shall be made on any of the following holidays: The first day of January, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Click here for a complete list of County holidays.
11. Non-resident fees shall be charged for interment of a person not living or paying property taxes in the District at the time of death that is eligible for burial in a cemetery of the District by Section 9061 of the California Health and Safety Code.
12. Legal Provisions: In addition to the provisions established by law for the operation of the District cemetery the following rules and regulations shall apply.
13. The District, its County, all individual members of said County, the Manager and all other personnel of the District shall not be responsible for injury or damage suffered by any persons, in their use of the cemetery grounds. Any person visiting the cemetery shall do so at his or her own risk.