Laws and rules: Funerals and cemeteries

Read the current laws and rules for funeral directors, embalmers, cemeteries, morgues, and human remains.

Proposed rules

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Rule and status Public hearings and comments

Licensing and renewals

We are changing rules to align with SSB 5261 passed during the 2023 legislative session, which changes renewal dates for cemetery certificates, prearrangement sales licenses, funeral directors, embalmers, and reduction facility operators.

WAC 308-47-090 Operator licensure for those who conduct cremations, alkaline hydrolysis, or natural organic reduction;
WAC 308-47A-030 Final disposition permit application procedure;
WAC 308-48-180 Renewal of licenses - Funeral directors, embalmers, funeral director interns and embalmer interns

Proposed rule documents

Adopted rule documents


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Laws relating to cemeteries, morgues, and human remains

Laws relating to funeral directors and embalmers

Explanation of abbreviations

  • RCW—Revised Code of Washington (Washington State laws)
  • WAC—Washington Administrative Code (Washington State agency regulations)

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