Hanover County Cemetery/Grave Site Location Reporting
In an effort to offer some protection to cemetery
and grave sites, Hanover County is implementing a process where
property owners may notify the County of cemetery/grave sites on
their property. Although all information maintained by the County
is of public record, the County only intends to use cemetery/grave
site location information in its plan of development review process
as a means to protect the sites. However, all information submitted
to the County will become the property of the County, will become
part of the public record, and may be used in any manner deemed
appropriate by Hanover County.
In order for the location of a cemetery/grave site
to be fully recognized by the County, the site must be noted on
a surveyed plat recorded in the Clerk of the Circuit Courtís office,
where all legal deeds and plats of property in the County are kept.
A copy of the recorded plat should be submitted to the County along
with a completed Hanover County Cemetery/Grave
Site Location Form.
Incomplete information will cause delays in recognizing the cemetery/grave
site location. In order for the County to assist the owner with
protecting the sites, the owner of the subject property should fill
out this form. Assistance in filling out the form is available at
the front counter in the Planning Department.
Since the County realizes that there is a cost involved
in fully complying with this process, an alternative protection
method is also available. As an alternative to submitting a record
plat with the location of the cemetery/grave site, any individual
may submit pertinent documentation on the location of a cemetery/grave
site. However, although the County will note that a cemetery may
be located on the property, without the exact location noted on
a recorded plat, the County will not be able to fully ensure that
the cemetery site will be protected from future development.
The information submitted should at a minimum include
the owner name, tax parcel number, a sketch plan noting the cemetery/grave
location, names of individuals buried on the site, dates of the
graves, and related documentation (photographs, historical documents,
etc.), that support the location of the cemetery/grave site on the
subject property. If you are reporting a cemetery/grave site on
a property for which you are not the owner of record, you MUST
provide supporting documentation. If the information submitted to
the County is not sufficient enough for the County to make a determination
on the location of the cemetery/grave site, then the County will
not acknowledge the location in any of its records and any materials
submitted will be returned.
Property owners who know of a cemetery site on their
property or who desire additional information on this program may
contact the Countyís Geographic Information System office at (804)
365-6171, via email at email@example.com,
or via mail at Hanover County GIS, P.O. Box 470, Hanover, Virginia
Comments on this page should be forwarded to Hanover County Planning Department.