§59-15 Short title Declaration of policy




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§59-396.25. Repealed by Laws 2002, c. 460, § 47, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.

§59 396.26. Partial invalidity.

If any section of this act shall be declared unconstitutional for any reason, the remainder of this act shall not be affected thereby.

Added by Laws 1941, p. 243, § 27, emerg. eff. May 20, 1941.


§59 396.27. Risk of transmission of communicable disease   Precautions.

In handling and preparing dead human remains for final disposition, any person who comes in direct contact with an unembalmed dead human body or who enters a room where dead human bodies are being embalmed shall exercise all reasonable precautions to minimize the risk of transmitting any communicable disease from the body in accordance with federal regulations regarding the control of infectious diseases and occupational and workplace health and safety.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 153, § 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 22, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.28. Funeral directors and embalmers from other states – Temporary permit.

In case of a catastrophe as declared by the executive director of the Board, funeral directors and embalmers from other states may be allowed to practice in this state. A temporary permit may be issued to those persons, and the permit shall allow the persons to practice for a length of time as determined by the Board.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 64, § 16, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 23, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.29. Cremation – Intermingling – Liability for final disposition or cremation – Identification system – Disposition of unclaimed remains.

A. The person charged by law with the duty of burying the body of a deceased person may discharge such duty by causing the body to be cremated as authorized and provided for in the following sections of this article, but the body of a deceased person shall not be disposed of by cremation, or other similar means, within the State of Oklahoma, except in a crematory duly licensed as provided for herein, and then only under a special permit for cremation issued in accordance with the provisions hereof.

B. Upon the completion of each cremation, and insofar as is practicable, all of the recoverable residue of the cremation process shall be removed from the crematory and placed in a separate container so that the residue may not be commingled with the cremated remains of other persons. Cremated remains of a dead human shall not be divided or separated without the prior written consent of the authorizing agent.

C. A funeral director or funeral establishment that has received express written authorization for final disposition or cremation from the authorizing agent shall not be liable if the final disposition or cremation is performed in accordance with the provisions of the Funeral Services Licensing Act. The funeral director or funeral establishment shall not be liable for following in a reasonable fashion the instructions of any persons who falsely represent themselves as the proper authorizing agents.

D. Absent the receipt of a court order or other suitable confirmation of resolution, a funeral director or funeral establishment shall not be liable for refusing to accept human remains for final disposition or cremation if the funeral director or other agent of the funeral establishment:

1. Is aware of any dispute concerning the final disposition or cremation of the human remains; or

2. Has a reasonable basis for questioning any of the representations made by the authorizing agent.

E. Each funeral establishment which offers or performs cremations shall maintain an identification system that ensures the ability of the funeral establishment to identify the human remains in its possession throughout all phases of the cremation process. Upon completion of the cremation process, the crematory operator shall attest to the identity of the cremated remains and the date, time, and place the cremation process occurred on a form prescribed by rule of the Oklahoma Funeral Board. The form shall accompany the human remains in all phases of transportation, cremation, and return of the cremated remains.

F. The authorizing agent is responsible for the disposition of the cremated remains. If, after sixty (60) calendar days from the date of cremation, the authorizing agent or the representative of the agent has not specified the ultimate disposition or claimed the cremated remains, the funeral establishment in possession of the cremated remains may dispose of the cremated remains in a dignified and humane manner in accordance with any state, county, or municipal laws or provisions regarding the disposition of cremated remains. A record of this disposition shall be made and kept by the entity making the disposition. Upon the disposition of unclaimed cremated remains in accordance with this subsection, the funeral establishment and entity which disposed the cremated remains shall be discharged from any legal obligation or liability concerning the disposition of the cremated remains.

Added by Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 3, § 328, operative July 1, 1963. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 24, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003. Renumbered from § 1-328 of Title 63 by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.30. Licenses – Requirements – Records and reports – Compliance with state and federal health and environmental laws – Inspections.

A. No person shall dispose of the body of any deceased person by cremation or other similar means, within this state, without first having obtained from the Oklahoma Funeral Board an annual license to operate a crematory.

B. Application for an annual license shall be made to the executive director of the Board upon forms prescribed and furnished by the executive director, shall give the location of the crematory, and any other information as the executive director shall require, and shall be accompanied by the crematory license fee pursuant to Section 396.4 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Annual licenses shall expire on the 31st day of December each year, shall specify the name or names of the owners of the crematory and the location thereof, the funeral director in charge, and shall not be transferable either as to the ownership of the crematory, the funeral director in charge or as to the location thereof. The first annual license issued for any crematory at any location shall not be issued by the executive director until the executive director has been satisfied:

1. That the crematory is, or will be, so constructed as to be capable of reducing the body of a deceased person to a residue which shall not weigh more than five percent (5%) of the weight of the body immediately after death; and

2. That the crematory has at least one operable crematory for cremation.

The requirement of paragraph 1 of this subsection may, but need not, be waived by the executive director for any subsequent annual license issued for the same crematory.

C. All funeral establishments performing cremations shall have a licensed funeral director in charge.

D. Each funeral establishment performing cremation services shall keep records as required by the Board to assure compliance with all laws relating to the disposition of dead human remains and shall file annually with the Board a report in the form prescribed by the Board describing the operations of the licensee, including the number of cremations performed, the disposition thereof, and any other information that the Board may require by rule.

E. A funeral establishment performing cremation services shall be subject to all local, state, and federal health and environmental requirements and shall obtain all necessary licenses and permits from the Oklahoma Funeral Board, and the appropriate federal and state health and environmental authorities.

F. Crematories licensed by the Board on the effective date of this act shall be exempt from the provisions of subsections C, D and E of this section until July 1, 2005.

G. All crematories shall be subject to inspection, at all reasonable times, by the Board or its duly authorized agents or employees.

Added by Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 3, § 331, operative July 1, 1963. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 75, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 57, § 25, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003. Renumbered from § 1-331 of Title 63 by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.31. Rules for licensing, inspection, and regulation of crematories.

The Oklahoma State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors is authorized, pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, to adopt and promulgate rules necessary for the licensing, inspection, and regulation of crematories.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 75, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2001. Renumbered from § 1-331.1 of Title 63 by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.32. Residue of cremated body.

The residue resulting from the cremation of the body of a deceased person may be transported in this state in any manner, without any permit therefor, and may be disposed of in any manner desired or directed by the person or persons charged by law with the duty of burying the body.

Added by Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 3, § 332, operative July 1, 1963. Renumbered from § 1-332 of Title 63 by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


§59-396.33. Cremation without license and permit a felony.

Disposing of the body of a deceased person by cremation or other similar means, within the State of Oklahoma, except in a crematory duly licensed as provided for in Section 25 of this act and under a special permit for cremation issued in accordance with the provisions of Section 1-329.1 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, is hereby declared to be a felony.

Added by Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 3, § 333, operative July 1, 1963. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 521, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2003, c. 57, § 26, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003. Renumbered from § 1-333 of Title 63 by Laws 2003, c. 57, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.


NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 521 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.


§59 475.1. Registration as engineer or land surveyor   Privilege.

In order to safeguard life, health and property, and to promote the public welfare, the practice of engineering and the practice of land surveying in this state are hereby declared to be subject to regulation in the public interest. It shall be unlawful to practice or to offer to practice engineering or land surveying in this state, as defined in the provisions of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title, or to use in connection with any name or otherwise assume or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that any person is an engineer, professional engineer, land surveyor or professional land surveyor, unless such person has been duly licensed under the provisions of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title. The practice of engineering or land surveying shall be deemed a privilege granted by the state through the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, based on the qualifications of the individual as evidenced by a certificate of licensure, which shall not be transferable.

Added by Laws 1968, c. 245, § 1, emerg. eff. April 26, 1968. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 297, § 1; Laws 1992, c. 165, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2005, c. 115, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§59-475.2. Definitions.

As used in Section 475.1 et seq. of this title:

1. “Engineer” means a person who, by reason of special knowledge and use of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, acquired by engineering education and engineering experience, is qualified, after meeting the requirements of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title and the regulations issued by the Board pursuant thereto, to engage in the practice of engineering;

2. “Professional engineer” means a person who has been duly licensed as a professional engineer as provided in Section 475.1 et seq. of this title and the regulations issued by the Board pursuant thereto;

3. “Engineer intern” means a person who complies with the requirements for education and experience and has passed an examination in the fundamental engineering subjects, as provided in Section 475.1 et seq. of this title and the regulations issued by the Board pursuant thereto;

4. “Practice of engineering” means any service or creative work, the adequate performance of which requires engineering education, training and experience in the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to such services or creative work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning and design of engineering works and systems, planning the engineering use of land and water, teaching of advanced engineering subjects or courses related thereto, engineering research, engineering surveys, engineering studies, and the inspection or review of construction for the purposes of assuring compliance with drawings and specifications; any of which embraces such services or work, either public or private, in connection with any utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, work systems, projects, communication systems, transportation systems and industrial or consumer products or equipment of a mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental, hydraulic, pneumatic, thermal, control system or communications nature, insofar as they involve safeguarding life, health or property, and including such other professional services as may be necessary to the design review and integration of a multidiscipline work, planning, progress and completion of any engineering services.

Design review and integration includes the design review and integration of those technical submissions prepared by others, including as appropriate and without limitation, engineers, architects, landscape architects, land surveyors, and other professionals working under the direction of the engineer. The definition of design review and integration by engineers does not restrict the services other licensed professional disciplines are authorized to offer or perform by statute or regulation.

Engineering surveys include all survey activities required to support the sound conception, planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of engineered projects, but exclude the surveying of real property for the establishment of land boundaries, rights-of-way, easements and the dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system.

A person or entity shall be construed to practice or offer to practice engineering, within the meaning and intent of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title who does any of the following: practices any branch of the profession of engineering; by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card or in any other way represents such person to be a professional engineer, through the use of some other title implies that any person is a professional engineer or is licensed or qualified under Section 475.1 et seq. of this title; or who represents qualifications or ability to perform or who does practice engineering;

5. “Professional land surveyor” or “land surveyor” means a person who has been duly licensed as a professional land surveyor pursuant to Section 475.1 et seq. of this title and the regulations issued by the Board pursuant thereto; and is a person who, by reason of special knowledge in the technique of measuring land and use of the basic principles of mathematics, the related physical and applied sciences and the relevant requirements of law for adequate evidence and all requisite to surveying of real property, acquired by education and experience, is qualified to engage in the practice of land surveying;

6. “Land surveyor intern” means a person who complies with the requirements for education and experience, and has passed an examination in the fundamental land surveying subjects, as provided in Section 475.1 et seq. of this title and regulations issued by the Board pursuant thereto;

7. a. “Practice of land surveying” means any service or work, the adequate performance of which involves the application of special knowledge of the principles of mathematics, methods of measurement, and the law for the determination and preservation of land boundaries. “Practice of land surveying” includes, without limitation:

(1) restoration and rehabilitation of corners and boundaries in the United States Public Land Survey System or the subdivision thereof,

(2) obtaining and evaluating evidence for the accurate determination of land boundaries,

(3) determination of the areas and elevations of land parcels for a survey,

(4) monumenting the subdivision of land parcels into smaller parcels and the preparation of the descriptions in connection therewith,

(5) measuring and platting underground mine workings,

(6) preparation of the control portions of geographic information systems and land information systems,

(7) establishment, restoration, and rehabilitation of land survey monuments and bench marks,

(8) preparation of land survey plats, condominium plats, monument records, and survey reports,

(9) surveying, monumenting, and platting of easements, and rights-of-way,

(10) measuring, locating, or establishing lines, angles, elevations, natural and man-made features in the air, on the surface of the earth, within underground workings, and on the beds of bodies of water for the purpose of determining areas and volumes for a survey,

(11) geodetic surveying, and

(12) any other activities incidental to and necessary for the adequate performance of the services described in this paragraph.

b. A person or entity shall be construed to practice or offer to practice land surveying, within the meaning and intent of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title who does any one of the following: practices any branch of the profession of land surveying; by verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card or in any other way represents such person to be a professional land surveyor or through the use of some other title implies that such person or entity is a professional land surveyor or that such person is registered, licensed, or qualified under Section 475.1 et seq. of this title; represents qualifications or ability to perform; or who does practice land surveying.

c. A person shall not be construed to practice or offer to practice land surveying, within the meaning and intent of Section 475.1 et seq. of this title, who merely acts as an agent of a purchaser of land surveying services. Agents of a purchaser of land surveying services include, but are not limited to, real estate agents and brokers, title companies, attorneys providing title examination services, and persons who or firms that coordinate the acquisition and use of land surveying services. The coordination of land surveying services includes, but is not limited to; sales and marketing of services, discussion of requirements of land surveys, contracting to furnish land surveys, review of land surveys, the requesting of revisions of land surveys, and making any and all modifications to surveys with the written consent of the land surveyor, and furnishing final revised copies to the land surveyor showing all revisions, the distribution of land surveys, and receiving payment for such services. These actions do not constitute the practice of land surveying, and do not violate any part of Section 475.1 through 475.22a of this title or the Bylaws and Rules of the Board;

8. “Board” means the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors;

9. “Responsible charge” means direct control and personal supervision of engineering work or land surveying;

10. “Rules of professional conduct for professional engineers and land surveyors” means those rules promulgated by the Board;

11. “Firm” means any form of business entity, a private practitioner employing other licensed engineers, surveyors or licensed design professionals, or any person or entity using one or more fictitious names;

12. “Direct Control” and “personal supervision” whether used separately or together mean active and personal management of the firm’s personnel and practice including personal presence in the workplace to maintain charge of, and concurrent direction over, engineering or land surveying decisions and the instruments of professional services to which the licensee affixes the seal, signature, and date; and

13. “Core curriculum” means the Board-approved land surveying courses adopted by Board policy, developed to ensure that land surveyor applicants meet the minimum educational requirements for licensure.

Added by Laws 1968, c. 245, § 2, emerg. eff. April 26, 1968. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 297, § 2; Laws 1992, c. 165, § 2, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1999, c. 74, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2005, c. 115, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 58, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2008, c. 312, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.


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