In 1799 the nation’s first Health Department was formed in Boston, MA with Paul Revere as its
Health Officer. Back then the board was formed to fight a potential outbreak of Cholera. In 1869
Massachusetts established the State Board of Health.
Today disease prevention and health promotion are still the primary goals of the local Health
Department, which in Warren, is overseen by a three member elected Board of Health. The
Guidebook for Boards of Health guides local officials in mandated and suggested activities,
considering local conditions and available resources.
The Warren Board of Health is responsible under the Department of Public Health regulations,
and the Department of Environmental Protection regulations. It oversees, monitors, inspects,
investigates, and/or follows up on all Food Establishments, The State Sanitary Code,
Communicable Diseases, Tobacco Control, Emergency Preparedness, Plumbing and Gas Work,
Beaver Trapping, Barns and Animals, Percolation Tests, Subsurface Sewerage Systems, Well
Installations, the Landfill, and Daily Operations of the Town Transfer Station.
Food sanitation oversight is one of the most important activities of the Warren Health
Department because of the potential for serious food-borne illness. The Town of Warren has 20
food service establishments, including retail food stores, restaurants, seasonal farm stands, bars,
bakeries, and schools. Two inspections are done at each establishment each year, more if
compliance issues are found or suspected. Temporary food service events add additional
inspections each year.
The Warren Board of Health, under the authority of the State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 410.000
Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation, responds to complaints by residents
concerning possible health and safety violations within the town. Resident complaints include
safety violations, inappropriate garbage/rubbish storage and disposal, rodent/insect infestations,
noise, and air quality concerns. When violations of the State Sanitary Code are found a
Correction Order is written to the property owner.
The Warren Board of Health is also charged with maintaining, updating, and practicing for the
implementation of an emergency dispensing site to vaccinate residents in the event of a local or
The Barn/Animal Inspector performs annual inspections and livestock counts. All reports are
submitted to the State of Massachusetts Agricultural Department. The inspector is also
responsible for follow up on reported cases of rabies and determining if quarantine is warranted.
The Plumbing and Gas Inspector is charged with making sure all work completed complies with
the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code.
Call the Board of Health office with any questions, comments, or concerns.