Board of Health/Health Department

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

Carmen Scherzo 2018
Anne Bittner 2018
Joseph Ford 2019
Mary Chaffee 2020
Annette Graczewski 2020


Health Related Information & Websites

Barnstable County Vaccination Clinic Online Registration Red Tide Information
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 Barnstable County Bathing Beach Water Quality Testing Results
The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has a large selection of pamphlets available for download on the subjects of well water, septic systems, and other issues of interest. Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force

Meetings

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. 

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


Nancy Ellis Ice, Health Director
2198 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
Phone 508-896-3701 X1120
Fax 508-896-4538
Email brhealth@brewster-ma.gov

Agendas & Minutes