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National Cemetery Administration

Cemetery Components - Public Restrooms

Function  Picture of a sign with directions to the public restrooms 

Public Restrooms are located to serve the public prior to their involvement with cemetery activities and convenient to the visitors and funeral attendees. The restrooms must be easily accessible from the visitors and cortege parking lots. Depending on the size of the cemetery, the Public Restrooms are normally located at either the Public Information Center or the Administration Building.

Components

The design and building materials should be similar to the Administration Building. If not part of the Public Information Center or Administration Building, the restroom building would be a freestanding building with separate facilities for men and women.

Related Items:

  • Visitor Parking Pull-off
  • Cortege Assembly Area (Optional at a state cemetery)
    situated near the main cemetery entrance to provide a central point for vehicles in a funeral procession to wait while the entire cortege assembles and representatives receive final instructions before proceeding to the Committal Service Shelter.
  • Kiosk Grave Locator

Design Requirements

Public Restrooms include separate facilities for men and women (approximately 150 square feet each for men and women), an adjacent janitor closet with mop sink and shelves for paper storage, and a small mechanical/electrical room for heating and cooling.

Note the size, fixtures and location for the restrooms vary with the cemetery project, and with the number of visitors and daily burial rate. A typical restroom layout should contain a minimum of two fixtures but no more than three.

Cost

The cost of a freestanding restroom building is approximately $250 per square foot. If the restrooms are located in the Public Information Center, the total cost with restrooms is $300 per square foot. If the Public Information Center is constructed adjacent to the Administration Building, the cost is approximately $150 per square foot.

Additional Photos

Picture of a cemetery's public restroom.
Picture of a cemetery's public restroom.
Picture of a cemetery's public restroom.