(a) Every funeral establishment in West Virginia shall be licensed prior to opening a funeral establishment for business to the public. The board shall issue a license to operate a funeral establishment to an applicant who meets the following requirements:
(1) The place of business has been approved by the board as having met all the requirements and qualifications to be a funeral establishment as are required by this article;
(2) Notify the board, in writing, at least thirty days before the proposed opening date, so there can be an inspection of the funeral establishment;
(3) Show proof that the funeral establishment passed the inspection;
(4) Show that the funeral establishment has employed a licensee in charge;
(5) Show that the licensee in charge is a licensed funeral director;
(6) Show that the licensee in charge will manage the funeral establishment and be responsible for all business conducted and services performed therein;
(7) Pay all the appropriate fees; and
(8) Complete such other requirements as specified by the board.
(b) All funeral establishment licenses must be renewed biennially, by a staggered schedule, upon or before the first day of July and pay a renewal fee.
(c) Each funeral establishment license shall be valid for only one funeral establishment to be located at a specific street address. There shall be a separate license issued and a separate fee assessed to operate additional funeral establishments by the same applicant.
(d) A holder of a funeral establishment license that fails to pay fees for either the principal establishment or additional establishments by the first day of July of the renewal year is subject to a penalty, a reinstatement fee for each establishment and the required renewal fee.
(e) The holder of a funeral establishment license who ceases to operate the funeral establishment at the location specified in the application shall, within twenty days thereafter, surrender the funeral establishment license to the board and the license shall be canceled by the board. In the event of the death of an individual who was the holder of a funeral establishment license, it shall be the duty of the holder's personal representative to surrender the funeral establishment license within one hundred twenty days of qualifying as the personal representative.
(f) If a licensee in charge ceases to be employed by a funeral establishment, then the holder of the funeral establishment license shall notify the board within thirty days of the cessation. Within thirty days after such notification, the holder of a funeral establishment license shall execute a new application for a funeral establishment license specifying the name of the new licensee in charge. A funeral establishment is prohibited from operating more than thirty days without a licensee in charge.
(g) A licensee whose embalmer's or funeral director's license has been revoked or a holder of a license to operate a funeral establishment whose license to operate has been revoked shall not operate, either directly or indirectly, or hold any interest in any funeral establishment or crematory: Provided, That a holder of a license to operate a funeral establishment whose license to operate has been revoked is not prohibited from leasing any property owned by him or her for use as a funeral establishment, so long as the property owner does not participate in the control or profit of the funeral establishment except as lessor of the premises for a fixed rental not dependent upon earnings.
(h) Failure to comply with any of these provisions shall be grounds for revocation of a funeral establishment license.
(i) A license to operate a funeral establishment issued by the board prior to the first day of July, two thousand two, shall for all purposes be considered a license issued under this section: Provided, That a funeral establishment holding a license issued prior to the first day of July, two thousand two, must renew the license pursuant to this section.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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