Santa Maria Cemetery District

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Santa Maria Cemetery District

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The District owns and operates the Cemetery as a special district in and for Santa Barbara County, State of California. It is governed by the District policy in accordance with sections of the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to Public Cemetery Districts. 

Board of Trustees:

Bob Engel - Chairperson
Lee Diaz - Vice-Chairperson
Mark Evans - Treasurer
Carmen Garcia - Secretary
John Tunnell - Trustee

District Manager:

Brendan Hannegan
Phone (805) 925-4595
Fax (805) 928-9665


Cemetery Hours:

Cemetery Gates Open Daily at Dawn
Close at Dusk

District Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(Closed for lunch Noon - 1 :00 pm)  


Santa Maria Cemetery District
1501 S. College Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Click for Google Map & Directions

Click for Cemetery Map (pdf)

Santa Maria Cemetery District
Angel of Hope Memorial Service
Saturday, December 2, 2023
12:00 pm

Services Offered:

Ground Burial
Inurnment of Cremated Remains
Niche & Urn Vault Burial 

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Santa Maria Cemetery District Scheduling/Payment Policy:

We require 72 hours notice to schedule a service. Payment must be received 72 hours before service. If payment is not received 72 hours prior, and our cemetery service workers already prep the plot, you are responsible for the opening and closing fee. 


Santa Maria Cemetery District Budget:

View 2022-2023 Approved Budget (pdf)


Santa Maria Cemetery District Audit Report:

View June 30, 2020 Audit Report (pdf)


Santa Maria Cemetery District Financial Transactions Report
Submitted to State Controller's Office:

View Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Transactions Report (pdf)


Santa Maria Cemetery District Unaudited Monthly Financial Statements 2024

January | February | March | April | May | June


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Santa Maria Cemetery District Compensation Report:

View the Government Compensation in California (GCC) Website 


LAFCO's Latest Municipal Service Review and Sphere of Influence Update:

View LAFCO's MSR and SOI Update (pdf) 


District Configuration

The SANTA MARIA CEMETERY DISTRICT proper consists of approximately 35.5 acres in the city of Santa Maria. The District is bordered by Stowell Rd. on the North, and Battles Rd. on the South. College Dr. borders the East side with residences and business properties on the West side.

There is an additional 44.5 acres [South Lawn] to the South, across Battles. In use is only about 5 acres. It is a relatively new section and now handles most of the services since we are running out of available plots in the cemetery proper. The South Lawn is bordered by Battles on the North side, College on the East side, Newlove on the West side and Strawberry Fields on the South side.

The District is currently undergoing a complete documentation of locations and sections. When complete, it will be very easy to navigate throughout the map to find out things.

Click to view and print Santa Maria Cemetery District Map (pdf).


Residency Requirement
and Out-of-District Resident Eligibility

The Santa Maria Cemetery is a "District" cemetery, supported in part by the residents and taxpayers of the District. We will be in strict compliance at all times with the CA Health and Safety Code, Sections 9060 and 9061, which mandate the residency requirements, and "Out of District" eligibility requirements, for interment in a District cemetery.

District Boundaries:

View the Santa Maria Cemetery District Boundaries Map (pdf)

View the Santa Maria Cemetery District Boundaries Map (pdf)

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will help you to determine eligibility.


Cemetery History

The I.O.O.F. and F. & A.M. Cemetery was started July 9, 1883 by the I.O.O.F. Lodge in conjunction with the F.& A.M. Lodge. At that time the property was considered to be outside of the downtown area far enough that it wouldn't be in the way of planned growth. The town was already encroaching on a cemetery that was started in 1872 called Thornburg-Jones Cemetery. In 1884 the Thornburg-Jones Cemetery was moved to the new I.O.O.F. and F.& A.M. location. Removal of all remains was completed by 1886.

The Santa Maria Cemetery District was established August 6, 1917, in response to a petition signed by the required number of qualified electors in the District. The Cemetery was organized as a Special District in and for the County of Santa Barbara.  

The District operates under the provisions of the Health and Safety Code, Section 8890 et seq.

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