Housing & Inspections

The Health Department enforces state regulations detailing the standards which must be maintained by the occupants and owners of housing. These regulations protect the health, safety and well-being of Massachusetts citizens and are found in Chapter II of the State Sanitary Code [105 CMR 410.000] entitled Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation. If you need to report a possible violation there are a few simple steps & Quick Links below to help guide you through this process.

  • Report a Violation. Call the Health Department to file your complaint.
  • Schedule an Inspection. Upon request, a Health Inspector will conduct a housing inspection inspection to determine if there is a violation of the State Sanitary Code.
  • Findings. The  Inspector will report the findings of inspections to the property owner and tenant and issue an Order to Correct any violations with a specific timeframe for each violation.
  • Re-Inspection. When the time to correct is expired the inspector will conduct a re-inspection at the property and issue a compliance letter if all violations are remedied.

To schedule a housing inspection please call (781) 246-6375.

Quick Links
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MA State Sanitary Code Asbestos Information
Tenant Rights & Responsibilities Greater Boston Legal Services
Landlord Rights & Responsibilities BOH Regulations