Natural Burial as a Permitted Land Use in Baltimore County and Proposed for GPCA area

Natural Burial is one of the forms of Green Burial, an alternative, environmentally based method of burying our deceased.  This approach to burial is based on the concept of allowing the body to decompose and recycle naturally by using burial materials and containers that are biodegradable. These burials happen in special cemeteries or designated areas of traditional cemeteries and are subject to very specific requirements to ensure safety.

This burial concept was introduced to GPCA in November 2019 as a proposed use for the property at 2406 Ridge Road, a use not yet properly defined or permitted in Baltimore County. 

Since then, GPCA has been involved in extensive communication with the owners to develop a much more thorough understanding of this burial form and to agree on proposed County Council legislation to define it and allow it in RC 6 zones. GPCA represents the largest area of RC 6 zoning in the County.

The proposed County Council bill sent to our Councilman, Julian Jones, is attached, along with FAQ About Green Burial. Both are also available on the GPCA website at gpca.net. More extensive information about Green Burial can be found at www.greenburialcouncil.org.

The proposal for 2406 Ridge Road is still being worked through. Look for updates.


Green Burial – Frequently Asked Questions


Natural Burial Ground as Permitted Use in RC 6 Zoning Letter to Julian Jones


Proposed Bill for Natural Burial Ground