Board of Health
- Town Hall Annex
Rockport, MA 01966
- Mrs. Barbara McCarthy, Chair
- Ms. Ruth George, Vice Chair
- Dr. Ron Newman, Member
- Mr. Tim Reilly, Member
- Dr. Ray Cahill, Member
- John Coulon, Acting Health Director, Health Inspector, FOG Coordinator
- Chassea Robinson, Public Health Nurse
- Teresa Kirsch, Public Health Nurse
- Jessica Palm, Licensed Social Worker
- Ray Cahill, Animal Inspector
- Isaac DaRowe, Title 5 Sanitarian
New: Title 5 Inspection Reports, Approved Septic Plans, As-Builts, and Certificates of Compliance Available on the Septic Systems page.
The Rockport Board of Health's mission is to promote and protect public health; the Board oversees health and safety concerns with respect to retail food establishments, septic systems, public beaches, semi-public pools, hot tubs, sanitary housing issues, recreational camps for children, disease surveillance and reporting, emergency preparedness, and more.
The Health Agent oversees water quality/safety of beaches and swimming pools, septic system installations and repairs, and soil test witnessing.
The Health Inspector handles establishment inspections and permitting, housing complaints and concerns, public event inquiries, and all COVID inquiries outside of contact tracing, and ensures the safety of the food establishments and residences in town.
The Public Health Nurse is responsible for disease surveillance, reporting, contact tracing, and patient treatment (if necessary) and works with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The Animal Inspector enforces rabies protocols and quarantines and performs barn inspections. They are responsible for the overall health of the Town's animal population.
- There Are Turkeys/Wildlife in My Yard...What Can I Do?
Unless the animal's presence is causing a clear Massachusetts Health Code Violation, the Board of Health cannot have jurisdiction over the animal(s). Wildlife is protected under the State of Massachusetts; for more information, visit Mass.gov - Division of Fisheries and Wildlife page to review the Massachusetts Laws and Regulations that govern wildlife.
- If I'm Selling My Home, Do I Need a Septic Inspection?
Yes. Before selling your home, you and/or your realtor should arrange to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection to determine the condition of your system. The inspector will write up a full report; this will get submitted to the Board of Health and the Health Agent will review the report. If the Inspector and/or Agent find that any repairs need to be made to have the system compliant with the Massachusetts DEP Title 5 Regulations, a Licensed Septic Installer will need to make the repairs. The Installer must be licensed in the Town of Rockport. For a list of Title 5 Inspectors, you may go to the MassDEP website.
- What is "Title 5" For Septic Systems?
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulates the installation and oversight of septic systems in Massachusetts; these regulations are referred to as "Title 5". You may read about Title 5 and the rules and regulations that govern the installation, maintenance, and abandonment of septic systems on the Mass.gov - Septic Systems and Title 5 page.