Health Division

Mission Statement

The Chatham Health Division and Board of Health enforce Massachusetts General Laws, State Environmental and Sanitary Codes, and Town of Chatham Bylaws and Regulations. The Health Division has the primary responsibility of protecting and improving the public health and well-being of the Chatham community. The enforcement and inspection activities ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work.


The Health Division accomplishes this through the following key activities:

  • Researching, planning, evaluating, and developing programs, policies and procedures
  • Permitting and inspection of septic systems
  • Licensing and inspection of restaurants, inns, motels, pools, beaches, recreational camps
  • Education and consultation
  • Sponsoring Public Health Clinics such as vaccines and blood pressure
  • Environmental compliance Investigation and enforcement
  • Communicable disease reporting and follow up
  • Public health emergency planning
  • Food safety investigation and enforcement
  • Housing code inspection and enforcement
  • Tobacco Control
  • Animal control and inspections
  • Building, Zoning, and Planning Board application review and comment


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Lead Information

Concerned about Lead in drinking water? See more information about lead in water.

Safe Disposal of Unused Medications

Safely dispose of unused medications at the Chatham Police Station.

Tick Bites

Bitten by a tick? Call the local health department at 508-945-5165 for more information, see free tick testing information, or find general information about ticks.

Medical Reserve Corps


Want to help during an emergency? Find more information at Medical Reserve Corps.