Licenses, Permits, and Inspections:

  • Food Service Establishments
  • Retail Food Stores
  • Frozen Dessert Machines
  • Temporary Food Events
  • Bed & Breakfast Establishments
  • Residential Kitchens
  • Stores Selling Tobacco Products
  • State Milk & Cream Permits
  • Public & Semi-Public Swimming Pools
  • Transport of Garbage, Offal and Refuse

Sewage Disposal:

  • Permit Disposal Works Installers
  • Permit Disposal Works Construction
  • Permit Title V Inspectors in the Town of Scituate
  • Receive Applications/Witness Perc Tests and Soil Evaluations
  • Receive Applications/Review/Approve-Disapprove Design Plans for Subsurface Sewage Disposal System
  • Inspect and Approve Construction and Repair of Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
  • Review and Approve As-Built Plans of Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
  • Conduct Public Hearings/Grant Variances for Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Repair/Upgrade
  • Review Title V Inspection Reports

Other Functions

  • License Funeral Home Directors
  • Issue Burial Permits
  • Conduct Household Hazardous Waste Collections
  • Conduct Food-Borne Illness Investigations
  • Review Building Permit Applications
  • Review and Approve/Disapprove Preliminary or Definitive Subdivision Plans
  • Investigate Complaints and Nuisances and Enforce Corrections
  • Adopt and Enforce Local Health Regulations on Public Health Issues

Enforcement of Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, Massachusetts General Laws and Town of Scituate Bylaws and Regulations:

  • Chapter II State Sanitary Code: Minimum Standards of fitness for Human Habitation - 105 CMR 410.00
  • Article X State Sanitary Code - Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments - 105 CMR 590.00
  • Massachusetts Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention Regulations - 105 CMR 460.00
  • Minimum Standards for Swimming Pool Regulations - 105 CMR 435.00
  • Bathing Water Standards (and testing) - 105 CMR 445.00
  • Title 5 State Environmental Code - Minimum Requirements for Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary Sewage - 310 CMR 15.00
  • Various Massachusetts General Laws Related to the Public Health and Environment
  • Local Health and Environment
  • Local Board of Health Rules and Regulations

Documents and Forms Available through the Department Office:

  • Local Board of Health Regulations
  • Perc Test Application and Procedures
  • List of Area Engineers
  • List of Permitted Title V Inspectors
  • List of Permitted Disposal Works Installers
  • List of Permitted Garbage/Refuse Haulers
  • List of Permitted Septage Haulers
  • Applications for all Permits Issued by Board of Health
  • Summary of Legal Rights as a Tenant
  • Summary of State Minimum Housing Standards
  • Reference Guide for Homeowners: Septic Sense
  • Outline of Sewage Disposal System Repair/Upgrade Process

Responsibilities and Services Provided by the Public Health Nurse:


  • Routine blood pressure clinics on Wednesdays at four local sites
  • Coordinates Investigation of Animal Bites and Follow-up with Animal Control Officer


  • Adult Immunizations
  • Flu Clinics (October/November as vaccine is available from State. Age 65 and over and chronically ill)
  • Diabetic screening at announced facilities
  • Communicable Disease Investigations
  • Health care information to Scituate residents on a variety of different subjects

Most services are provided free of charge.

Services available to Scituate residents only.