Board of Health

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Contact Information:
Phone: 413-315-3732 
Address: 15A Main Street


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. 

Professional Services

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:

  • Bakery
  • Bottled Water
  • Catering
  • Food Complaints
  • Frozen Dessert
  • Mobile Food
  • Retail Food
  • Temporary Food
  • Tobacco
  • Tanning Establishments
  • Wells
  • Vacant Property
  • Burial Permits
  • Recreational Camps
  • Manicuring Establishments
  • Hotels/Motels
  • 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
Katie Gallagher - Assistant Director

Ernest Mathieu - Chief Sanitarian

John Wierciszewski - Senior Code Enforcement Inspector

Juana Massa - Enforcement Inspector

Beatriz Colon - Board of Health Head Clerk

Erick Velez - Animal Control Officer

Julia Wilkins - Municipal Wellness Coordinator

Sean Gonsalves - Sanitarian

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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. 


Current Members:


Dalila Hyry-Dermith Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2016

Patricia Mertes APRN, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2017

Dr. Robert Mausel, Clerk – term expires Feb. 1, 2015

Board members are Mayoral appointed and city council approved.

Current Members:


Jose Correa - term expires Jun. 1, 2016

Timothy Grader - term expires Jun. 1, 2018

Andrea Brunault McGinnis – term expires July. 7, 2014

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 down;oad 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.


Retail Food Establishment (total square footage includes storage)      
  • (under 2,500 sq. ft.)             
June 30 $150.00
  • (2,500-15,000 sq. ft.)                        
June 30 $200.00
  • (0ver 15,000 sq. ft.)
June 30 $300.00
Food Service Establishment (under 25 seats) 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
Mobile Food June 30 $100.00
Residential Kitchens June 30 $50.00
Temporary Food (per event) valid for 14 days $50.00
Catering Establishment June 30 $100.00
  • (Full Bakery-retail)
June 30 $150.00
  • (Limited Bakery-non-retail)
June 30 $50.00
Frozen June 30 $100.00
Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water    
  • City
June 30 $37.50
  • State
June 30 $37.50
Tobacco June 30 $100.00

Tobacco Regulations – e-cigarettes
Tobacco Regulations – persons under 21
Tobacco Regulations – Public Places

Dumpster June 30 $20.00
Burial Permits* as needed $10.00
Funeral Directors* April 30 $50.00
Manicure Dec. 31 $100.00
Tanning Dec. 31 $50.00
Body Art    
Dec. 31 $300.00
Dec. 31 $150.00
Poultry farms/Barns & Stables* Dec. 31 $50.00
Swimming Pools Dec 31 $100.00
  • (0-50 rooms)
Dec. 31 $100.00
  • (51-100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $200.00
  • (over 100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $300.00
Recreation Camps Dec. 31 $75.00
Transport/Removal of garbage/offal/sewage/Offensive*    
  • (1-10 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $50.00
  • (11-20 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $20.00
  • (21 and over vehicles)
Dec. 31 $10.00
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 as needed See PDF

*Apply at Board of Health



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:



Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness and MORE!


The Holyoke License Board is the licensing and enforcement agent for liquor, common victualler, entertainment, open air vendors,  motor vehicle repair, and Innholders licenses. It is responsible for the issuing of licenses and enforcing the rules, regulations, local ordinances and state laws pertaining to the above mentioned licenses.

For detailed information about state laws, visit The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. This helpful website allows you to download forms and applications, learn about renewals, and more.


Below is a listing of the City of Holyoke’s fees and schedules: 



Local Fee




Dec. 31

Class I


Dec. 31

Class II


Dec. 31

Club All Alcohol


Dec. 31

Common Victualler


Dec. 31

Common Victualler All Alcohol


Dec. 31

Common Victualer Wind/Malt


Dec. 31



Dec. 31

InnHolders All Alcohol


Dec. 31

Motor Vehicle Repair


Dec. 31

Open Air Vendor


Dec. 31

Package Store All Alcohol


Dec. 31

Package Store Beer/Wine


Dec. 31

Restaurant Wine/Malt


Dec. 31

Restaurant All Alcohol


Dec. 31

Seasonal All Alcohol                     


Jan. 15

Seasonal Wine/Malt


Jan. 15

Veterans Club All Alcohol


Dec. 31




ONE DAY              



All Alcohol/Wine/Malt                  



Open Air Vendor



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.


Our Inspectors:

John Wierciszewski, Senior Code Inspector
Juana Massa, Code Inspector


Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)

105 CMR: Department of Public Health


To report a violation please call us at: (413) 322-5955


The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services

  • Complaints
  • 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:

ServSafe Program 

Wheelwright Consultants

Rehabilitative Resources, Inc.

Eastern Food Safety

Western Massachusetts Public Health Association

Morrell Associates




Healthy Holyoke/Mass in Motion



mass-motion-logo3The Holyoke Mass in Motion program, Healthy Holyoke, funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and administered by MDPH is housed within the Health Department. Designed to combat obesity and associated chronic diseases by promoting healthy eating and active living, Healthy Holyoke is implementing systems and policy change across five program areas: Safe Routes to Schools, Complete Streets, Farmers Markets, School Nutrition and Healthy Markets (Corner Stores.)


A major emphasis of the program in Holyoke is to increase access to healthy food options and fresh fruit and vegetables within a clinical setting (Holyoke Health Center), in the schools, at the City’s farmers market, and in corner stores or bodegas.


Recent Accomplishments


Kelly School Walking School Bus A Great Success!

 With the assistance of the MassDOT Safe Routes to School Program, Holyoke DPW, and Police Department, Kelly School has a new Walking School Bus thanks to the dedicated work of Principal Jackie Glasheen and Project Manager Rebecca Masters.  Each morning Kelly School teachers meet students at the corner of South Bridge and South Hamilton streets and safely escort students to school. Since October 14 students have joined the walking bus. Rebecca reports a marked increase in attendance among the walkers. Many thanks to the Department of Public Works for repairing and installing  sidewalks and crosswalks along the route and for officers from the Holyoke Police Department who have joined the “bus”. Kelly School was awarded $5,000 from the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council to support the walking school bus. Read about the Kelly School walking school bus in the Holyoke Sun.


Playground Grant Awarded to Healthy Holyoke

 Healthy Holyoke, with the support of the School Department, Parks and Recreation and Public Works, has received a $30,000 Let’s Play Playground Joint Use grant from Kaboom! to be used for a new community play structure at the new Kelly School playground.


Bicycle/ Pedestrian Committee Created

In November, Holyoke City Council approved the creation of a Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee to advise and provide recommendations to the City Council on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues, promote walking and bicycling use as a means of improving the health of Holyoke residents, and among other duties:

  • Draft a complete streets policy
  • Assist the City in the development of bicycle and pedestrian systems
  • Make recommendations for a City-wide Bicycle Master Plan and physical infrastructure related to walkways, trails and cycling networks, including planning, design standards, operations and maintenance, neighborhood traffic conditions including traffic calming and traffic management, street tree plantings and pedestrian accessibility

Look for the Committee to begin its work in the Spring of 2014


Bicycling in Holyoke: A Needs Assessment

In the Fall of 2013, Healthy Holyoke worked with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) to identify recommendations on expanding bicycling in Holyoke:

  • Establish a Bicycling Advisory Committee
  • Create a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan
  • Study the Feasibility of multi-use path connections to other recreational trails, potentially along the Connecticut River

Read the complete Bicycling in Holyoke report.


Downtown Pedestrian Plan

In September 2013, WalkBoston produced a City of Holyoke – Center City Downtown Pedestrian Plan with recommendations for enhancing the downtown streetscape and improving pedestrian safety.



We will help you make healthy choices!

The Holyoke Workplace Wellness Committee’s mission is to create a healthy community among the City of Holyoke employees. The Committee aims to improve the health of employees by providing the necessary support, education, encouragement, and the opportunity to participate in programming catered to the individual.

Holyoke was one of 9 communities to receive a Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) award in the summer of 2014. The Trust Fund was established by the MA legislature through Ch. 224 to reduce the rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions disease, increase healthy behaviors, address health disparities and reduce health care costs. The Trust Fund is administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH).


The focus of the three year award for the Board of Health, through a Workpace Wellness program, is to partner with Holyoke Health Center, Coordinating Partner (HHC), Holyoke Medical Center (HMC), Western Mass Physicians Association (WMPA), River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), Greater Holyoke YMCA, Let’s Move Holyoke 5-2-1-0, Holyoke Public Schools, and Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) to improve the health of Holyoke employees through evidenced-based interventions targeting hypertension, tobacco use, and obesity.


These partners offer City employees the unique referral system linking clinical and community partners for health-based interventions. Employees can work with the City sponsor health coach whose responsibilities include managing all worksite wellness initiatives, organizing health fairs and screenings, coach and refer employees to program offered by grant partners, offer and advertise wellness programs to City of Holyoke employees, create incentives for participation, facilitate program assistance from City insurance companies and brokers, develop communication with all City departments, and serve on community health working groups.


Our message will be that participation in a workplace wellness program may increase work fulfillment and job performance, decrease absenteeism, decrease healthcare costs, and should always empower individuals and families to make healthier choices that will improve the quality of their lives.

Department Head

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald


Office Address

City Hall Annex
Room 306
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322-5595

(413) 322-5596 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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