Board of Health/Health Department

Online Permitting Is Now Available For Health Permits

The Board of Health is responsible for the protection and promotion of the public’s health, control of disease, protection of the environment, and promotion of sanitary living conditions. There are five elected members of the Board of Health who serve three-year terms. The Board is represented in its daily business activities by a full-time Health Director and an Assistant Health Director.

Under Massachusetts General Law and state and local regulations and policies, the Board of Health has the authority to adopt health regulations and address concerns about issues that affect the public’s health.

The Brewster Board of Health, and all Massachusetts’ boards of health, are required by state and local laws and regulations to perform many critical duties related to the protection of public health. To fulfill their duties, for example, the Board of Health:

  • Develops, implements, and enforces health regulations
  • Oversees inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing, food service, and septic systems
  • Works with the Department of Public Works to regulate the Town’s waste transfer station
  • Investigates nuisances which may be injurious to the public’s health
  • Enforces Title 5 of the State Environmental Code (Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sewage, 310 CMR 15.00)
  • Responds to health complaints
  • Conducts disease surveillance
  • Promotes sanitary conditions in housing, recreational facilities, and food establishments
  • Protects the environment

The Health Department issues permits and licenses for, and conducts inspections of, the following:

  • Bathing Beaches
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Cabins, Motels & Mobile Home Parks
  • Children’s Recreational Camps
  • Food Service Establishments
  • Housing
  • Tanning and Body Art
  • Mobile Food and Ice Cream Trucks
  • Private Drinking Water Wells
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Septic Systems
  • Septage Haulers
  • Solid Waster Haulers
  • Stables

The Health Departments issues permits and licenses for the following:

  • Burial Permits
  • Private Wells
  • Septic Installers

Board of Health Membership

Joseph Ford 5/17/2022
Penny Holeman 5/17/2022
Annette Graczewski 5/18/2023
Kimberley Pearson 5/21/2024

Health Related Information & Websites

Barnstable County Vaccination Clinic Online Registration Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force
Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Barnstable County Septic Management Loan Program
Public Health: State Anti-Smoking Efforts CDC Vital Signs Website
My Repellent Finder: Insect Repellent Information Mass In Motion
Barnstable County Bathing Beach Water Quality Page Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline Coronavirus (COVID19) Information at Barnstable Health Dept.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2020 Dates FREE ServeSafe Online Classes
Local Cape Cod Flu Vaccination Sites  

Board of Health meetings are generally conducted on the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 7 pm. Meetings are held in one of the Town Office’s lower level meeting rooms. The public is welcome to attend. Please check the meeting calendar or call the Health Department office to confirm a meeting’s date and time. 

Office Hours for Health Agents are Monday through Friday at 9:00 – 10:30 am. The Health Department hours will remain 8:30 am – 4:00 pm daily. Individual appointments for all staff available upon request.

Agendas & Minutes Video Archive of Board of Health Meetings Applications, Forms, Regulations, & Documents Public Meeting Packets

Amy von Hone, Health Director
2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone 508-896-3701 X1120
Fax 508-896-4538

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