Karen A. Walega, MPH, CHO RS - Health Director, 508-763-5421, ext. 201
  Lori Walsh  - Board Administrator, 508-763-5421, ext. 202
  Connie Dolan - Public Health Nurse, 508-763-5421, ext. 205

Board Members
Dale Barrows
Glenn Lawrence

David Souza

The Board of Health meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:45 PM in the Conference Room of the Rochester Town Hall. 

Hours of Operation
Karen A. Walega, Health Director is in the office on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Lori Walsh, Board Administrator is available Monday- Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Connie Dolan, Public Health Nurse has a Blood Pressure Clinic at the Council for Aging from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. On Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM she is in her office at the Annex Building for Health consultation. Please feel free to contact her at 508-763-5421 ext.205.


Town of Rochester
Board of Health
37 Marion Road
Rochester, Ma. 02770

Karen Walega, Health Agent, MPH, CHO, RS
Health Director

 The first round of aerial spraying for mosquitoes in areas of southeastern Massachusetts has been successfully completed as of Sunday, August 11. It remains critically important for people in communities at critical, high and moderate risk for EEE to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

To achieve maximal effectiveness, a second round of aerial spraying will take place in the coming weeks in the southeast region. Follow-up mosquito testing data will determine which communities will be in the second spray zone. Please check back here for further updates as those plans are finalized.

Mass Department of Public Health
August 13, 2019


EEE Warning 2019 Issued by Board of Health


EEE 2019 Noitce from Board of Health

Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project
To request that your property be sprayed for mosquitoes or inspected for breeding in standing water, call 781-585-5450 between the hours of
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. You can also Fax requests to
781-582-1276 (include name, address, and phone number). Further information can be found at www.plymouthmosquito.org

Rabies Vaccination Program
View: Rabies Vaccination Program

(April 2016) - Information from the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force and USDA/Wildlife Services about rabies vaccine baits that have recently been distributed throughout Rochester and Marion.

Public Health Services
Vaccines are available for town residents. We have a limited supply of Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdapp, and Mantoux. Residents should call ahead for vaccine availability and to schedule an appointment.
Flu Clinics are scheduled in the fall. Dates of the clinic can be found in the local media, newspapers, and on cable. Home visits are available for the homebound.

Rochester Rules and Regulations and Title 5
The Rochester Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of the State Environmental Code, Title 5: Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface Disposal of Sanitary Sewage. These regulations have been promulgated to provide minimum standards for the protection of public health and the environment. Specific, identifiable local conditions may require more stringent regulations to protect the public health and environmental interests of the residents of Rochester.

Percolation Test
Procedure to schedule a percolation test is that the applicant shall contact an engineer. The engineer shall contact the Board of Health to schedule the percolation test with the Health Director. Percolation tests are conducted on Wednesday and Thursday.

Selling Your Home?
If you are planning to sell your home, you need to have your well water tested and get your septic system inspected. Contact a Title V Inspector to inspect your septic system. More info coming soon! 

Downloadable Board of Health Information & Permit Applications
Rochester residents can view, download, or print the various Board of Health information sheets and permit applications listed below. These downloadable files are in PDF format.

Board of Health: Rules & RegulationsBOH: Rules & Regulations

Board of Health: Schedule of FeesBOH: Schedule of Fees

Board of Health: Fees for Large Septic SystemsBOH: Fees for Large Septic Systems

      -BOH Application for a Permit for the Removal, Transportation and     
Disposal of Septage, Garbage, Offal or Other Offensive Substances

Prior Sale Well Testing InformationPrior Sale Well Testing Info

Application for Title V InspectionTitle V Inspection Application

Application for Perc Test and Conservation Commission Determination
Perc Test & Conservation Commission Determination Application

Application for Septic Installer PermitSeptic Installer Permit Application

Information & Application for Food Establishment Permit – 
                             Food Establishment Information & Permit Application

Information & Application for Temporary Food Establishment Permit 
Temporary Food Establishment Information & Permit Application

    -Workers' Compensation Insurance Affidavit

Additional Links

Town Hall Annex
37 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02770
Phone: 508-763-5421       

Wednesday & Thursday 8:30AM – 5:00PM    
Friday 8:30AM – 12:00PM 

Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 12:00PM


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