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Business and Establishment License Categories

Cemeteries - a place dedicated to and used or intended to be used for the permanent interment of human remains or cremated remains. A cemetery may contain land or earth interment; mausoleum, vault, or crypt interment; a columbarium, ossuary, scattering garden, or other structure or place used or intended to be used for the interment or disposition of cremated remains; or any combination of one or more of such structures or places.

(See complete licensure requirements under sections 497.005 & 497.260, F.S.)

Centralized embalming facility - facility in which embalming takes place that operates independently of a funeral establishment licensee and that offers embalming services to funeral directors for a fee.

(See complete licensure requirements under section 497.385(2), F.S.)

Cinerator facility - a facility where dead human bodies are subjected to cremation. A cinerator facility shall only receive dead human bodies for cremation. A cinerator facility may not receive other materials, or medical, hazardous, and biohazardous waste, for the purpose of disposal in a retort.

(See complete licensure requirements under section 497.606, F.S.)

Direct disposal establishment - means a facility licensed under this chapter where a direct disposer practices direct disposition. “Practice of direct disposition” means the cremation of human remains without preparation of the human remains by embalming and without any attendant services or rites such as funeral or graveside services or the making of arrangements for such final disposition.

(See complete licensure requirements under section 497.604, F.S.)

Funeral Establishment - shall be a place at a specific street address or location consisting of at least 1,250 contiguous interior square feet and shall maintain or make arrangements for capacity for the refrigeration and storage of dead human bodies handled and stored by the establishment and a preparation room equipped with necessary ventilation and drainage and containing necessary instruments for embalming dead human bodies or shall make arrangements for a preparation room as established by rule.

(See complete licensure requirements under section 497.380, F.S.)

Monument Establishments (retailer & builder) - means a facility that operates independently of a cemetery or funeral establishment and that offers to sell monuments or monument services to the public for placement in a cemetery. “Monument” means any product used for identifying a grave site and cemetery memorials of all types, including monuments, markers, and vases. (See complete licensure requirements under section 497.550, F.S.)

Preneed – a preneed main license is required by any funeral establishment, cemetery company, direct disposal establishment, or monument establishment, which wants to sell preneed burial or funeral service and merchandise contracts or direct disposition contracts in this state. “Preneed contract” means any arrangement or method, of which the provider of funeral merchandise or services has actual knowledge, whereby any person agrees to furnish funeral merchandise or service in the future. (See complete licensure requirements under section 497.452, F.S.)

Preneed, Branch - any person or entity that is part of a common business enterprise that has a preneed license issued pursuant to this section and desires to operate under a name other than that of the common business enterprise. (See complete licensure requirements under section 497.453(7), F.S.)

Refrigeration Facility - means a facility that is operated independently of a funeral establishment, crematory, or direct disposal establishment, that maintains space and equipment for the storage and refrigeration of dead human bodies, and that offers its service to funeral directors, funeral establishments, direct disposers, direct disposal establishments, or crematories for a fee. (See complete licensure requirements under section 497.385, F.S. & rules 69K-24.031, 69K-24.032 F.A.C.)

Removal Service - means any service that operates independently of a funeral establishment or a direct disposal establishment, that handles the initial removal of dead human bodies, and that offers its service to funeral establishments and direct disposal establishments for a fee. (See complete licensure requirements under section 497.385, F.S. & rule 69K-24.021, F.A.C.)

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