POLICIES and REGULATIONS



HOURS OF OPERATION

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s gates and office are open:

Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Saturday – Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm


Except in the case of special events, all vehicles and foot traffic must exit the cemetery grounds by 4:30pm daily.


The cemetery is closed on major holidays, including New Year’s Day; Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Fourth of July; Labor Day; Thanksgiving and Christmas.



LOCATION

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s main entrance is located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Visitors can also access the site via a secondary entrance, located immediately off of Kelly Drive on Hunting Park Avenue.


Download a cemetery Map, indicating designated entrances.


Access Directions to Laurel Hill Cemetery.



ADMISSION

Admission to Laurel Hill Cemetery is FREE.


As a nonprofit institution, donations are always appreciated. Proceeds raised through visitor contributions and tours directly support the preservation and continued public accessibility of Laurel Hill Cemetery. A donation box is located inside the office at Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse.


In addition to self-guided tourists, the cemetery welcomes recreational use by joggers, bicyclists and roller bladders.



VEHICLES

Passenger vehicles, vans and trucks, as well as small tour buses, are permitted on the cemetery grounds. Visitors are welcome to tour the cemetery by vehicle or by foot.


Laurel Hill’s narrow entrances and roadways limit use by large tour buses, school buses and freight trucks. A parking lot is available for oversized vehicles, located directly across the street from the cemetery’s main entrance on Ridge Avenue.


Access additional information on Parking.


DOGS
Dog walkers are welcome in Laurel Hill Cemetery under the following conditions: 1) Dogs must be licensed and have required vaccinations; 2) Dogs must remain leashed at all times; and 3) Dog owners must clean up after their pets. Please be respectful, and keep in mind that Laurel Hill is a final site of rest. Waste disposal containers are available at the cemetery exits.

Service dogs are permitted in all areas of the cemetery grounds and buildings.


GUIDED TOURS, SCHOOLS and MEET-UP GROUPS
Laurel Hill encourages senior groups, meet-up groups, classes, clubs and schools to use the cemetery for educational and recreational purposes. However, all organized, guided tours must be conducted by one of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s certified Guides.


External organizations, businesses and individuals are prohibited from using the cemetery’s name, grounds, merchandise or events for personal profit or third-person activities not first approved by Laurel Hill. Regardless of the reason for your group's visit, please notify the cemetery that you will be onsite at least 48 hours in advance by calling 215-228-8200.


Learn more about arranging a guided tour for your group, or view our list of prescheduled public tours.


While general admission to Laurel Hill, outside of tours, is FREE, donations are always appreciated. Proceeds raised through visitor contributions and tours directly support the preservation and continued public accessibility of Laurel Hill.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Visitors to Laurel Hill during the cemetery’s normal hours of operation are permitted to photograph the site under the following conditions: 1) Resulting photographs (whether produced by amateur or professional photographers) cannot be used for commercial purposes, or for corporate or personal profit without the prior, written consent of Laurel Hill Cemetery; 2) Respect for the cemetery as a final resting place must be exercised at all times. Photographing of funeral ceremonies, processions, or of families visiting gravesites (except when the photographer is a member of the funeral party or family) is prohibited; and 3) Onsite photography is restricted to cameras, tripods, lenses, gels and small, portable equipment. The use of extensive equipment and lights, as well as the use of human models, costumes and props, qualify as a still photography shoot. Separate policies for shoots are noted below.



STILL PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM and VIDEO SHOOTS

A designated member of all still and motion photography productions must schedule a visit with Laurel Hill Cemetery a minimum of one month prior to their anticipated shoot date to meet with a cemetery representative and scout locations. The intended content of all shoots must be submitted, in writing, at this time; film shoots are required to provide a completed screenplay, highlighting cemetery scenes, for review. The content, location(s) and date(s) of all shoots will be approved at the discretion and convenience of Laurel Hill.


The designated member is responsible for signing the cemetery’s Site Use Agreement; for distributing copies of the agreement to each crew member; and for enforcing its terms for the duration of the production.


A fee, based on the production budget; size of the crew; time and length of the shoot; and required staff overtime, will be assessed to all shoots. This fee will start at a minimum of $500, not including staff time, for small-budget films, and will increase exponentially for larger productions. A certificate of general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000, naming the Laurel Hill Cemetery Company and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery as additional insured must be provided to a cemetery representative a minimum of one week in advance of the shoot, along with the signed Site Use Agreement, and required deposit. If these materials are not received at least one week prior, this will warrant an automatic cancellation of the shoot. The balance of required fees must be presented to cemetery staff immediately upon the crew’s arrival on the first day of production.


Shoots taking place during the cemetery's hours of operation should in no way interfere with normal staff duties or business operations. A cemetery representative will be onsite specifically to oversee all shoots taking place outside of Laurel Hill’s hours of operation. Production crews will not have access to the cemetery’s buildings during after-hours shoots. Outdoor restroom facilities will be available for use.


All still and motion photography productions are responsible for providing their own generators to power their shoots, and for any additionally required equipment and supplies.



PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS

A designated member of all paranormal investigation groups must contact Laurel Hill Cemetery a minimum of two months prior to their anticipated investigation to schedule a date.


The designated member is responsible for signing the cemetery’s Site Use Agreement; for distributing copies of the agreement to each team member; and for enforcing its terms for the duration of the investigation.


A fee, based on the size of the team; and required staff overtime, will be assessed to all investigations. This fee will start at a minimum of $300, not including staff time. A certificate of general liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000, naming the Laurel Hill Cemetery Company and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery as additional insured must be provided to a cemetery representative a minimum of one week in advance of the investigation, along with the signed Site Use Agreement, and required deposit. If these materials are not received at least one week prior, this will warrant an automatic cancellation of the investigation. The balance of required fees must be presented to cemetery staff immediately upon the team’s arrival on the evening of the investigation.


A cemetery representative will be onsite specifically to oversee all investigations taking place outside of Laurel Hill’s normal hours of operation. Teams will not have access to the cemetery’s buildings during after-hours investigations. Outdoor restroom facilities will be available for use.


For additional information regarding these Policies and Regulations, please contact the Laurel Hill Cemetery office at 215-228-8200.