Cemeteries In Seward
Seward has four cemeteries in use today - City Cemetery, American Legion, Masons and Pioneers of Alaska. Regardless of which cemetery you choose, you are required to have a Burial Permit from the city. All city cemeteries are required to comply with the city code, at a minimum, and some have additional requirements. When you apply for a Burial Permit with the City Clerk’s office , you will be asked to identify your cemetery of choice.
City Clerk's Office: (907) 224-4046
Funeral Homes & Contractors
The city does not perform burial services. It is the responsibility of the loved ones to make arrangements for the burial site excavation and backfill services. These can be performed by a funeral home, private contractor or the loved ones themselves. There are specific location, size and placement requirements so please check with the clerk’s office if you are unsure. It is also important that the ground is left clean and level upon completion of the burial.
Temporary & Permanent Markers
A permanent marker is required to be placed within one year of the burial. There are specific material, size and placement requirements, so please check with the clerk’s office if you are unsure. Although a temporary marker is not required by code, it is strongly encouraged, and very much appreciated!
The city is responsible for maintaining the general appearance of the cemeteries. Please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (907) 224-4055 for approval prior to planting trees, shrubs or flowers on a gravesite.
Deposits & Fees
Burial Permits are available through the City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall, 410 Adams Street (907) 224-4046.
- Burial Permit (Fee): $25 (Non-Refundable)
- Permanent Marker (Deposit): $100 (Refundable Upon Installation)
State of Alaska Permit
The State of Alaska issues a Burial Transit Permit, which acts as the official notification to the Bureau of Vital Statistics that a death has occurred. This permit number is required by the City of Seward on the city’s Cemetery Use Permit application. Please bring the state permit number with you when you submit an application with the city.
Burial Plot Reservations
To reserve a plot, please contact the Community Development office at (907) 224-4020 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.