Board of Health

As of November 1, 2022, MATTRESSES AND TEXTILES will no longer be allowed in the trash. Please see the link below for more information. Please call the Board of Health with any questions 508-476-4000 ext. 252.

The Transfer Station will be open Friday 11/25 from 7AM-4PM and Closed 11/24 for the Holiday.

Please Call Transfer Station before bringing large furniture items  

508-476-3742

Transfer Station stickers can be purchased at the Board of Health office:
FEE:  $350 yearly
            $240 yearly (age 65 or older - please bring a copy of license)
MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. COPY OF REGISTRATION
2. CASH or CHECK (PAYABLE TO "THE TOWN OF DOUGLAS")
Stickers are valid from 3/1/22 - 3/1/23
 
For more information on Coronavirus visit the following link
https://www.cdc.gov/

Meetings

The Board meets regularly on a monthly basis in the Health Department office. All meetings are open to the general public and are televised on the local cable station.


Formation

A Board of Health is a statutory board created pursuant to the Massachusetts General Law Chapter 111, Section 26 and Chapter 41, section 1. The Douglas Board of Health consists of five (5) members who are appointed by the Selectmen. Each member serves a three (3) year term. The Board of Health each year appoints a Chairman, Vice-Chair, Health Agent, Public Health Nurse, Administrative Supervisor, Animal Inspector, Sanitarian and Engineer.

Responsibility

The Board is charged with the protection of the public health and to fulfill their duties by developing, implementing and enforcing health policies which are developed through Federal, State and local regulations. Local regulations can be found on the left side of this page listed under Board of Health Local Regulations.

Duties

Some of the duties of the Board of Health include:
  • Commercial swimming pools
  • Food Service
  • Housing Inspections
  • Rabies
  • Recreational camping including Children's camps
  • Solid waste and recycling
  • Title 5 - septic system installations and repairs
  • Water testing at public and semi-public bathing beaches

Board of Health Video Playlist

Click on the Playlist icon in the upper right corner of the video file below to access the complete playlist of available videos. The Playlist icon is three small lines with a tiny triangle, next to the "Share" button.  Menu will open upon clicking.