The Health Department is responsible for enforcing the MA Housing Regulations, officially known as State Sanitary Code Chapter II. No person shall occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy any dwelling, dwelling unit, mobile dwelling unit, or rooming unit for the purpose of living, sleeping, cooking or eating therein, which does not comply with the requirements of 105 CMR 410.000. Tenants may request a housing inspection by calling the Health Department at (508) 495-7485.
Rental permits must be renewed annually, and are required for both long-term and short-term rental units. Applications may be printed and submitted along with the fee of $25.00 in person at the Health Department, mailed to our office at 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth MA 02540, or they may also be completed online.
The Department of Public Health will be holding public hearings on the following dates to discuss proposed amendments to 105 CMR 410: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation (State Sanitary Code Chapter II).
- September 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Public Health Council Room, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston MA.
- September 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Worcester Health Department, 25 Meade Street, Worcester, MA
- October 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Western Regional Health Office, 23 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA
The Department encourages all interested parties, including those who testify at the public hearing, to submit written testimony electronically to Reg.Testimony@state.ma.us. Click here to view the original posting on mass.gov.
- 2017 Rental Permit Application
- 105 CMR 410: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation (State Sanitary Code Chapter II)
- 105 CMR 410: PROPOSED REVISION to State Sanitary Code Chapter II
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