Town of Rochester, MA

Board of Health

Town of Rochester MA Annex Building, Board of Health, Rochester MA

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.

Contact Us

Karen A. Walega, MPH, CHO, RS - Health Director
Phone: 508-763-5421

Leann Morton - Board Administrator
Phone: 508-763-5421

Elizabeth S. Dunn, BSN, RNC, PNP - Public Health Nurse
Phone: 508-763-5421


Rochester Board of Health
37 Marion Road
Rochester, MA 02770

Phone: 508-763-5421
Fax: 508-763-5379

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 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Leann Morton, Board Administrator is available daily from 9 am to 12 pm.

Elizabeth S. Dunn, Public Health Nurse is in the office on Monday mornings from 9 am to 10:30 am, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm she is available at the Council on Aging, and Friday from 9 am to 12 pm in the Annex Building for a blood pressure clinic and health consultation. Please feel free to contact her at 508-763-5421.

In addition, the Annex Building is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday to obtain copies of Records. Board of Health office is open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm daily.

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!

Local Health Bulletin:

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes from Rochester
  • (9/5/14) Read Bulletin & EEE Information (PDF)

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

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

Additional Links

Emergency Planning Information