Board of Health

COVID-19 Update:

Due to the increased workload on our Dept. during COVID-19. The following guidelines will be implemented:

  • Disposal Works Permit: Upon receipt of application and payment, the Dept. has 30 days to review unless deficiencies are identified and require a supplemental review.
  • Disposal Works Permit requiring a variance or seeking the use of an alternative system: Upon receipt of application and payment, the Dept. has 45 days to review unless deficiencies are identified and require a supplemental review.
  • All Septic Inspections must be scheduled and require a 24 hour notice.
  • A Disposal Works Permit Certificate of Compliance will not be signed off until all work, inspections, Deed Restrictions recorded (if applicable), and signatures are completed, regardless of a scheduled Real Estate closing date.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy will not be signed off until a Disposal Works Permit Certificate of Compliance is completed (if applicable) and the site has no pending issues with the Board of Health.
  • If you do not leave us a message on our answering machine with your Name and Telephone Number. We have no ability to return your call. We do not have Caller ID.
  • If we do not answer our phone, we are out of the office or on another line. All calls will be returned by the end of the day if possible, otherwise the following day.
  • Emergencies, please dial 911
  • Mass 2-1-1: Mass 2-1-1 is an information hotline that provides health and human service information 24/7. Call 2-1-1 during a disaster to receive non-emergency information such as shelter locations, disaster assistance programs, or how to volunteer. Just dial 211 from any phone or call toll-free: 877-211-6277 (deaf and hard of hearing – TTY: 617-536-5872).

Our Mission:

The Norwell Board of Health is dedicated to the protection of public health within the community. In order to reach this goal the Board of Health is involved in many areas including:

  • Septic system soil evaluations, perc test witnessing, septic plan review, installation inspections
  • Food establishment inspections and plan reviews
  • Drinking water
  • Health complaint investigations
  • Nuisance complaints
  • Inspections of recreational camps
  • Swimming pool and spa inspections - public and semi-public
  • Tanning salon inspections
  • Trash collection and recycling
  • Hazardous waste
  • Wells
  • Mosquito control
  • Tobacco control program enforcement
  • Air quality control
  • Disease prevention, surveillance, and case management
  • Immunization programs with Norwell VNA

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Tori Koch Board of Health Administrator
R. Benjamin Margro Health Agent

Board Members

Name Title
Peter M. Dillon Chair (2021)
John Carpenter Vice Chair (2022)
Natalya S. Davis Clerk (2023)
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