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28 Pa. Code § 1.22. Structures for the dead.

§ 1.22. Structures for the dead.

 (a)  Crypts. No dead human body shall be placed in a permanent crypt unless the crypt is fitted with a durable covering which may be tightly sealed after each interment, or unless the remains are encased in a sealed container from which no evidence of dissolution may escape.

 (b)  Mausoleums. No dead human body shall be placed in a permanent overground mausoleum or other structure for the dead unless the remains are encased in a container so sealed that no evidence of dissolution may escape.

 (c)  Receiving vaults. Receiving vaults may be used for the temporary reception of dead bodies, if the bodies are properly embalmed, for a period not exceeding 30 days, beyond which period special permission from the Department of Health shall be required. The responsible person in charge of a dead human body which is placed in a temporary vault shall make application for special permission at least 1 week prior to the expiration of the 30-day period. Bodies retained in a temporary vault may, within the initial 30-day period, be removed and interred in a cemetery in this Commonwealth or shipped, on the authority of the original burial permit. In every case the death certificate shall be filed within 96 hours after death. A new burial permit shall be secured by the person responsible for the final disposition of each dead human body which has been retained in a temporary vault beyond the 30-day period.


   The provisions of this §  1.22 issued under sections 2104 and 2111 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  534 and 541); and section 506 of the Vital Statistics Law of 1953 (35 P. S. §  450.506).


   The provisions of this §  1.22 amended April 26, 1985, effective April 27, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 1523. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (43927).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  13.184 (relating to prompt disposal of a deceased body).

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