St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 11.62 Births, Deaths and Burial Part II
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Births, Deaths and Burial
PART II BURIALS AND CREMATORIES
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11.62.050 Interment order--Compliance required.
Whenever the interment of the body of any deceased person in the limits of the city has, in the opinion of the health commissioner, been unnecessarily delayed, or where for sanitary reasons the interment of the body should take place forthwith, or where, in the opinion of the health commissioner, such delay may be injurious to the public health, or endanger the lives of the citizens of this city, it shall be his duty to issue an order directing that such body shall be interred forthwith. This order shall be directed to the relatives, friends or persons having in charge the body of such deceased person. If the relatives, friends or persons as aforesaid, fail or refuse to obey such order, then the health commissioner shall have the power to remove such body, and it shall be his duty to cause the body to be immediately interred in the public cemetery.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 5: 1960 C. § 426.010.)
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24.269 Regulation of burial
11.62.060 Interment order--Noncompliance.
Any person failing or refusing to obey the order of the health commissioner in such cases as set forth in Section 11.62.050, or interfering with or resisting any of his officers or employees while engaged in the discharge of his orders shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 6: 1960 C. § 426.020.)
11.62.070 Police duties--When interment delayed.
It is hereby made the duty of the police department of the city, whenever they become apprised or have information that the interment of the body of any deceased person has been delayed beyond a reasonable length of time, to notify the health commissioner of such fact. It shall be the duty of the police to aid and assist him or any of his officers and employees while engaged in the discharge of their duty as prescribed in Section 11.62.050.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 7 (part): 1960 C. § 426.030.)
11.62.080 Police duties--When burial is in unauthorized place.
It shall be the duty of the police to arrest and prosecute any person who shall bury, or cause to be buried, the body of any deceased person in any place in the city not a burying ground, as prescribed in Section 11.62.280, unless a permit so to do shall have been issued and signed by the health commissioner.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 7 (part): 1960 C. § 426.040.)
193.280, 193.290 Permits for burial required.
11.62.100 Permit and certificate for body brought into city.
The health commissioner shall not issue a permit to bury the body of a person that died elsewhere, and has been brought within the city limits except upon the certificate of a physician given at the place of death. If no such certificate accompanies the body, it shall be the duty of the coroner of the city to pass on the case and make out and furnish the necessary certificates.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 22: 1960 C. § 427.020.)
11.62.110 Physician's certificate.
Every dead body that is brought into the city must be accompanied by a physician's certificate stating the cause of death. Any party bringing any body into the city not accompanied by such certificate showing the cause of death shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 23: 1960 C. § 427.030.)
11.62.120 Only registered physicians to sign burial certificates.
It shall not be lawful for the health commissioner or his clerk to sign any burial certificate which has been signed by any other than a registered physician.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 § 85: 1960 C. § 427.040.)
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11.62.130 Interment without certificate.
If any overseer, sexton or other person having control of a graveyard shall permit any person to be interred in such graveyard without a certificate signed by a registered physician, and countersigned by the health commissioner or his clerk, he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 31 § 86: 1960 C. § 427.050.)
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11.62.140 Permit required to establish crematory.
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect or maintain any building in the city for the purpose of cremating or destroying by fire any human body, unless permission to do so has been first obtained from the board of public service, nor shall any existing house, shed or structure be used, altered, changed, removed or repaired so as to establish, conduct or carry on a crematory without similar authority. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 15: 1960 C. § 430.010.)
11.62.160 Permit to accompany body for cremation.
No person in charge of or having control of any crematory shall receive at such crematory or allow to be cremated at such crematory the body of any person unless accompanied by a permit signed in writing by the health commissioner or his assistant and certified to by the clerk of the health commissioner, giving permission to cremate such body, which permit shall set forth the name, age, color, sex, and the number of the death certificate relating to such person on file in this office. Any person in charge of or having control of any crematory who shall receive or cremate any body without the permission herewith described shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 17: 1960 C. § 430.030.)
11.62.170 Request for cremation.
Whenever the friends or relatives of any person who shall have died in this city shall desire to have the body of such person cremated by an association duly organized by law for the purpose of cremating dead human bodies, they shall first file in the office of the health commissioner certificates made out in duplicate and signed by the physician who attended the person in his last illness, and in case there has been no attending physician, such certificate must be signed by the coroner of the city. This certificate shall state the name, age, sex, color, place of birth when known, the exact locality and date of death, together with the name of the disease or cause of death from which such person died. Accompanying this certificate shall be a request in writing, signed by the friends or relatives, stating that they desire to have the body of the person named in the certificate cremated. When such certificate and request have been properly signed and delivered to the health commissioner, he shall issue a permit setting forth the facts and giving permission for the cremation of such body.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 18: 1960 C. § 430.040.)
11.62.180 Health commissioner may refuse to grant permit.
The health commissioner shall have the power to delay the issue of a permit for thirty-six hours or he may refuse to grant any permit for the cremation of any body if he is not perfectly satisfied that such body should be cremated. The health commissioner shall also have the right in all cases, if he so desires, to consult the coroner of the city before granting the permission to have any body cremated.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 19: 1960 C. § 430.050.)
Every person who shall violate any of the provisions of Sections 11.62.140--11.62.190 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 10 § 20.)
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