Regulations and Permit Information

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In addition to upholding State and Federal regulations involving the protection of public health and the environment, the Board of Health has adopted regulations governing the following areas:

Animal Regulations: Keeping of livestock and farm animals, such as chickens requires a permit.  Details and application can be found here 

Asbestos: List of certified asbestos inspectors and contractors.  Asbestos removal requires a permit from:

Burial: Online Permit Payment 

Camps:  permit may be required for recreational programs for children. State regulations and guidance here

Dumpster Regulation: Permit required for:

Fee Schedule: 2020 Fee Schedule

Fill Regulations: Any person who places more than 30-yards of fill on their property must obtain a  permit from the Health Department Online Permit Application / Printable Permit Application  

Food: All food service establishments (restaurants), food retailers (convenience and grocery stores), and food events must be permitted to operate.  More details and permits here

Massage Therapy: The Health Department permits every person who engages in the practice of massage therapy and permits every establishment where therapists practice.

Pools: The Health department inspects public and semipublic pools annually for compliance with State Sanitary Code: Chapter V 105 CMR 435.00 Minimum Standards for Swimming Pools.  More details and permit application can be found here

Power Sanding: It is illegal to power-sand a structure that contains lead paint.

Pre-demolition: The Health Department must approve all demolition projects.  Online Checklist  / Printable Checklist

Retail Sale of Tobacco Products: The Health Department conducts compliance checks for the sale of tobacco and retailers require a permit.   / Printable Permit Application.

Tanning: To operate a tanning facility that utilizes equipment emitting ultraviolet radiation (tanning beds), a permit is required.

Trash/Transfer Station: The Health Department issues 3 types of permits: 

Waterfowl: Feeding waterfowl in the town is prohibited.

Well Permits: Installation of a well requires a permit from the Health Department.Online Permit Application / Printable Permit Application