Cemetery Lot Sales

Cemetery Lot Sales

Cemetery lots shall be sold only to residents or former residents of Provincetown and are transferable only to members of their immediate family unless otherwise approved by the Cemetery Commission.  Provincetown Cemetery is subject to the rules and regulations of the Cemetery Commission and Select Board.  Here are the Cemetery Rules & Regulations (PDF)

  1. An Applicant who wishes to purchase a cemetery plot or plots must completely fill out an Application form. All contact information and the desired plot number(s) must be filled in. The Application is available at the Office of the Town Clerk (the “Clerk”), and online at: Cemetery Plot Application Form.
  2. Our must current list of available plots can be found here on our interactive cemetery map > https://www.mapsonline.net/provincetownma/cemetery.html The purple plots are available and they can be found in Alden B, Alden C (cremation lot) and Alden A. (Just zoom in to Alden C and you’ll see the cremation plots which are smaller than the other plots since they are only 2.5’ x 2.5’). Make your selection and enter it onto your application form.  
  3. Pricing can be found here Cemetery Pricing Guide 2022
  4. If the Applicant is either currently registered to vote in Provincetown, or listed in the most recent Town Census, the Clerk and the Cemetery Commission shall consider the verification to be satisfactory evidence of the Applicant’s primary residency in Provincetown.
  5. All Applications must be reviewed by the Commission and approved by a majority vote for plots to be sold to Applicants. A majority vote by the Commission about whether to approve the sale of a cemetery plot is final. The record of all votes is recorded in the Commission’s meeting minutes.

A Resident shall mean any person who currently maintains a primary residence in Provincetown or has previously resided in Provincetown at any time for at least ten years as evidenced by the Town’s records or otherwise to the satisfaction of the Commission.  Example list of documents to prove residency  If you are currently a registered Provincetown voter or currently on the Annual Street Listing please let the Clerk know so we can look it up for you to prove residency. 

  1. If an Applicant is neither registered to vote in Provincetown, nor listed in the most recent Annual Town Census, the burden of proof for meeting the definition of “Resident” rests with the Applicant.  
  2. The Chair of the Cemetery Commission will contact the applicant by email and/or telephone to invite them to attend an upcoming public meeting of the Commission to discuss their residency with and present residency documentation to the Commission at which their Application will be reviewed and voted upon. 
  3. The Chair is available to answer Applicants’ questions about documentation but is not the decision-maker about an Applicant’s eligibility to buy a plot. The review of the Application must be placed on a public meeting agenda after the Chair contacts the Applicant to invite them to discuss their residency and present documentation to the Commission at the public meeting.  
  4. The Applicant must provide at least one (1) document such as those listed in the examples below to the Commission at the meeting when their Application is placed on the agenda for review and voting. The document(s) provided by the Applicant must show either the Applicant’s current primary residency in Provincetown, or a minimum 10-years history of residency which do not need to be consecutive but must add up to at least 10 years, to the satisfaction of the Commission for the Application to be approved.
  5. Neither the Commission nor the Office of the Clerk retains private proof of residency documents provided by Applicants.
  6. The Applicant’s Provincetown residential address (neither a PO Box nor “in care of”) must be on the document(s).