214.275. 1. No endowed care or nonendowed care cemetery shall be operated in this state unless the owner or operator thereof has a license issued by the division and complies with all applicable state, county or municipal ordinances and regulations.
2. It shall not be unlawful for a person who does not have a license to care for or maintain the cemetery premises, or to fulfill prior contractual obligations for the interment of human remains in burial spaces.
3. Applications for a license shall be in writing, submitted to the division on forms prescribed by the division. The application shall contain such information as the division deems necessary and be accompanied by the required fee.
4. Each license issued pursuant to sections 214.270 to 214.516 shall be renewed prior to the license renewal date established by the division. The division shall issue a new license upon receipt of a proper renewal application, trust fund report as required by section 214.340, and the required renewal fee. The required renewal fee shall be fifty dollars, plus an assessment for each interment, inurnment or other disposition of human remains at a cemetery for which a charge is made, as the division shall by rule determine, not to exceed ten dollars per such disposition in the case of an endowed care cemetery, and six dollars for such disposition in the case of a nonendowed care cemetery. The division shall mail a renewal notice to the last known address of the holder of the license prior to the renewal date. The holder of a license shall keep the division advised of the holder's current address. The license issued to the owner or operator of a cemetery which is not renewed within three months after the license renewal date shall be suspended automatically, subject to the right of the holder to have the suspended license reinstated within nine months of the date of suspension if the person pays the required reinstatement fee. Any license suspended and not reinstated within nine months of the suspension shall expire and be void and the holder of such license shall have no rights or privileges provided to holders of valid licenses. Any person whose license has expired may, upon demonstration of current qualifications and payment of required fees, be reregistered or reauthorized under the person's original license number.
5. The division shall grant or deny each application for a license pursuant to this section within ninety days after it is filed, and no prosecution of any person who has filed an application for such license shall be initiated unless it is shown that such application was denied by the division and the owner was notified thereof.
6. Upon the filing of a completed application, as defined by rule, the applicant may operate the business until the application is acted upon by the division.
7. Within thirty days after the sale or transfer of ownership or control of a cemetery, the transferor shall return his or her license to the division. A prospective purchaser or transferee of a cemetery shall file an application for a license at least thirty days prior to the sale or transfer of ownership or control of a cemetery and shall be in compliance with sections 214.270 to 214.516.
(L. 1999 H.B. 343, A.L. 2001 H.B. 567, A.L. 2007 S.B. 272)
Missouri General Assembly