Board of Health
Public Health Affects Us All
The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.
The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces.
Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:
Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:
- Bottled Water
- Food Complaints
- Frozen Dessert
- Mobile Food
- Retail Food
- Temporary Food
- Tanning Establishments
- Vacant Property
- Burial Permits
- Recreational Camps
- Manicuring Establishments
- Public Swimming Pools
- Ice Skating Rinks
Body Art Technicians & Establishments
Witnessing Title V Inspections
Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
Housing Inspections for Compliance
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LEGAL NOTICE BOARD OF HEALTH CITY OF HOLYOKE
At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on November 3, 2016, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt “Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.
This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk
Patricia Mertes, APRN, Chair
Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair
Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
Please click here: new-tobacco-regulations-nov-3-2016
At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on February 2, 2017, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt the City of Holyoke Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places. This is the second part to the Holyoke Board of Health Tobacco Regulations. The first part is the Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents, Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk, Patricia Mertes, APRN Chair, Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair. ‘
Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
Please click here:PROHIBITING SMOKIN IN WORKPOACES & PUBLIC PLACES
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CHARLES D. BAKER
The City has a long standing relationship with Tapestry Health’s Syringe Access Program to respond as quickly as possible to recover discarded needles as an extension of their needle exchange run through a program called Syringe Access. To report a found syringe you can call the Hot Line.
****The HOT LINE phone number to call is: (413) 650-2679.****
The call goes directly to voicemail where you will be asked to provide detailed information on the found syringe. This call is then distributed to Needle Exchange staff and to a group email of community residents that are interested in helping to clean up Holyoke.
Staff and community volunteers will respond within 24 to 36 hours to retrieve and safely dispose of the syringes.
Tapestry Health’s Contact Information:
15A Main Street, Holyoke, MA
(413) 315-3732 ext. 1
You can also dispose of your needles & diabetic lancets by placing them inside a Sharps Containers and bringing them to one of the kiosks at the following organizations. Sharps Containers can be purchased at any drugstore.
1-Council On Aging
291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
2-Holyoke Health Center-Pharmacy
230 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
3-Baystate Medical Center-As of Friday, June 16, Baystate employees and community members can bring their unwanted medications and sharps and dispose of them safely, conveniently and confidentially into kiosks (collection receptacles) located in the Baystate Medical Center Daly Lobby. This initiative ensures that medications and sharps are disposed of properly, helping the environment and keeping dangerous medications like opioids off the street. Questions? Contact Baystate Medical Center’s Safety & Environmental Affairs Department at 794-1400. Location; 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199.
The Health Commission oversees and insures the enforcement of all State laws, regulations, and City Ordinances relating to public and environmental health. They also oversee various programs of Community Health and Environmental Services, and Health Education in order to protect public health and improve the quality of life in the community.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith Clerk- term expires Feb. 1, 2019
Patricia Mertes APRN, Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2020
Dr. Esteban A. Del Pilar-Morales, MD, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2021
What do I need a permit for? What does it cost? Do I need to apply first?
Below we will help to answer your questions. Listed are the permits issued by the City of Holyoke Board of Health. To download the applications, simple click on the link. The list also outlines expiration dates and the annual fees associated with each permit. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.
NOTE: All temporary applications and fees require that all applications, paperwork and fees must be in the office three business days (72 hours) prior to the event.
No permits will be issued outside of this time limit.
|PERMITS AND LICENSES
|FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPL & Workers_Compensation_Insurance_Affidavit(total square footage includes storage)|
|FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPL(under 25 seats) & Workers_Compensation_Insurance_Affidavit||June 30||$150.00|
|(25-100 seats)||June 30||$200.00|
|(101-200 seats)||June 30||$250.00|
|(Over 200 seats)||June 30||$300.00|
|RESIDENTIAL KITCHENS||June 30||$50.00|
|TEMPORARY FOOD APPL PACKET(per event-PLEASE SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO DATE OF EVENT)||valid for 14 days||$50.00|
|Catering Establishment||June 30||$100.00|
|FROZEN TREAT APPL||June 30||$100.00|
|Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water|
|TOBACCO APPL||June 30||$100.00|
|DUMPSTER APPL||June 30||$20.00|
|Burial Permits*||as needed||$10.00|
|Funeral Directors*||April 30||$50.00|
|MANICURING APPL||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Poultry farms/Barns & Stables*||Dec. 31||$50.00|
|SWIMMING POOL APPL||Dec 31||$100.00|
|Recreation Camps||Dec. 31||$75.00|
|TRANSPORT OF GARBAGE, SEPTAGE, OFFAL APPL|
|Septic System Installer/Contractor||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Disposal System Construction||3 years from date of issue||$50.00|
|Percolation Test (witnessing of test)*||as needed||$100.00|
|Private Drinking Well Water*||No expiration||$100.00|
|Subdivision Plans*||No expiration||$100.00|
|MA Rent Voucher Inspection (MRVP)/per unit||1 yr. from date of issue||$75.00|
|Inspection and Occupancy Fee/per unit||as needed||$75.00|
|Vacant Building Registration Form||as needed||See PDF|
|as needed||See PDF|
*Apply at Board of Health
ALL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED IF TAXES ARE OWED
Welcome! We do far more than caring for lost and abandoned animals in our community.
It is the goal of the City of Holyoke’s Animal Control Department to provide responsive, effective and courteous animal care and control assistance to residents and animals of Holyoke. Through the professional operation of the Animal Control Program and an animal care and control center. These services include but are not limited to:
- Licensing Information – Dog licenses are available through the City Clerk’s office
- Adoptions – We are pleased to partner with The Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, check their site to view current pets available for adoption as well as upcoming events. Also, be sure to visit their Facebook page!
- What to do if your animal is missing or has been impounded- Call 413-781-1485 and/or visit the Animal Care Center, located at 627 Cottage St Springfield, to verify if your pet is already there.
- Lost and Found Services – We will assist you and spread the word to surrounding communities to also be aware of your missing pet. We also urge patrons to call the local Police Department or Animal Control Department in your city/town to advise them of your missing pet.
If you need immediate assistance or have an animal related emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Department at 413-781-1485 or the Holyoke Police Department at 413-322-6900
We in the City of Holyoke believe education is key. It is no different when it comes to your beloved pets. Providing valuable information, such as for missing pets, those available for adoption and other helpful links can be found at the following:
- Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.
- Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
- Homeless Cat Project
- Living with wildlife and education
- Problem Animal Control (PAC) Agents in the Connecticut District Valley
- Snakes In Massachusetts
- BLACK BEAR Next Door
- Westfield Regional Animal Shelter
- Holyoke Animal Ordinances
Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness and MORE!
Code Inspectors oversee code enforcement activities related to sanitarian, food, environmental, human habitation, air pollution, hazardous waste, etc. They perform inspections and enforce all chapters of the State and Sanitary Code, the State and Environemntal Code, and various other applicable State Regulations, State Statues, and City Ordinances.
John Wierciszewski, Sanitarian I
Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)
The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services
- Inspections Under State Sanitary Codes
- Lead Determinations/CLPPP
- Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program MRVP-Owner Request Inspections
Visit the State of Massachusetts web site for detailed information about this program.
We at the Board of Health know how important it is to stay current with your training, development and certification.
This is why we team up with reputable organizations to offer you high quality programming that fits your schedule, budget, and gives you the certification that you need. From workshops to online classes, here is the place to check out the current schedules.
Take a look at what we have to offer:
If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., at email@example.com
Holyoke Board of Health
Welcome to the month of March! As we slowly navigate toward Daylight Savings Time on March 11th, our Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade on March 18 and the first day of Spring on March 20th we are hopefully seeing an end to the flu season. The usual prediction is that the flu season runs through March, however this year’s strain of H3N2 may run a bit longer than normal.
National Nutrition Month: Healthy food choices are always best. Use a smaller plate at meal time. Cut out one soda a day and substitute a glass of water instead! Choose low fat options for foods along with milk and yogurt to strengthen your bones. Don’t “super-size” that sugary beverage. Take time to be “mindful” of what you are eating and take time to enjoy that healthy food. Cut down on salt as well.
March is Colorectal Awareness Month: The importance of getting screened at age 50 can often save your life. Exercise is encouraged as a preventative as well as low fat foods, increase foods rich with calcium and fiber but mostly avoid smoking.
Brush overgrowth: Our Sanitarians would like to remind you that with the spring comes grass and brush overgrowth in our alleyways. Keeping the growth down and clear of debris will also help prevent those pesky animals, like racoons, from creating a nuisance.
Dog License/vaccinations: Our Animal Control Officer would like to remind you that it’s dog license season. All dogs& cats need to be vaccinated. Help your animal stay safe by vaccination against rabies.
A thank you to the American Red Cross which celebrates Red Cross month. They have helped people affected by disasters for over 130 years!
Tuberculosis Skin Testing
Tuberculin Skin Testing will now be offered at the Holyoke Board of Health. We are located in City Hall Annex, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza.
SKIN TESTING WILL BE DONE BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY!
The fee is $10. You can make an appointment by calling the Public Health Nurse at (413) 322-5598. Please be aware that once this test is administered, you will need to return to the Board of Health to have the skin test read 48-72 hours later.
City Hall Annex
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map
(413) 322-5596 (fax)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Posted on December 3, 2012 by BOHAdmin