Funeral Establishments

 
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Funeral Establishment: Is a place of business located at a specific street address devoted to the care and preparation of dead human bodies for burial, disposition, cremation OR to conducting OR arranging funeral services for dead human bodies.

Branch Establishment: Is a place of business located at a specific street address which is a subsidiary of a licensed funeral establishment where any portion of the funeral service or arrangements for the disposition of a dead human body is conducted. It contains a casket display room, a viewing area, or an area for conducting funeral services, or all of them. A Branch Establishment DOES NOT include a prep room.

Crematory:  Is a building or portion of a building which contains a cremation chamber and holding facility for performing cremations. 

Click here for the Funeral Directing & Embalming page.

Applications, Requirements & Fees

NOTE: The designated manager is responsible for all transactions conducted at the establishment, in compliance with the statutes, rules and regulations relating to funeral directing and embalming and establishments.

Please read the application instructions carefully as they provide more information on the requirements to obtain a license.


APPLICATIONS:

REQUIREMENTS:

Branch Establishment

  • Be a subsidiary of a licensed funeral establishment
  • Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the branch establishment (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a branch establishment)
  • Pass an on-site inspection. 

Funeral Establishment

  • Employ as its manager a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is responsible for all transactions conducted in the funeral establishment (exception: any person holding a valid license as only a funeral director may serve as a manager of a funeral establishment)
  • Pass an on-site inspection.

Crematory

  • Location must meet local zoning, building and environmental regulations
  • Send a certificate showing the operator was trained by the Cremation Association of North America or by the maker of the cremation chamber
  • Meet operational and physical plant standards
  • Complete a self-inspection report.

Change in Location: Submit a NEW application to the Department at least 30 days prior to the change.

Change in Manager: Submit an application to the Department at least 15 days prior to the change.

Change in Name: Submit an application to the Department at least 30 days prior to the change.

Change in Owner: Submit an application to the Department at least 15 days prior to the change.

Change in Services Provided or Adding a Prep Room: Notify the Department of the establishment's intent to have a preparation room; and must have received a successful inspection rating within 30 days of the anticipated change in services.

FEES:

Fee Schedule

Renewal & Reinstatement Information

RENEWAL

Branch and Funeral Establishment:
Pay the renewal fee and complete the renewal application. Licenses expire February 1 of even-numbered years.

Crematory:

Pay the renewal fee and complete the renewal application. All crematory licenses issued by the Department expire five years after the date of issuance.

REINSTATEMENT

Branch and funeral establishments and crematories cannot reinstate a license that has expired; submission and approval of a new complete application is required before the business may operate.

Other Contact Information

Consumer Advocate for Cemeteries
Greg Easley (402) 451-1000

Nebraska Cemetery Association
Mike Hutchinson
Wyuka Cemetery and Funeral Home
3600 O Street
Lincoln NE 68510
Phone (402) 474-3600

Nebraska Funeral Directing Association
521 First Street   PO Box 10
Milford NE 68405
Phone (402) 761-2217
Fax (402) 761-2224
E-mail: staff@nefda.org

Office of Behavioral Health & Consumer Services
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2117
 
Fax Number
(402) 471-1106
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit

Attn: Funeral

PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986

 

Nebraska State Office Building

301 Centennial Mall South

14th & M Streets, 1st Floor

Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.