Board of Health

The Board of Health enforces Massachusetts General Laws, Sanitary Codes and Town of Richmond Bylaws and Regulations for the promotion of a healthy community. The Board of Health also works closely with the Berkshire Public Health Alliance which inspects the town's food service establishments and assists with the inspection of camps and pools located within the town.


MassDEP is pleased to announce the release of the Massachusetts version of the U.S. EPA online tool called “Be Well Informed” (BWI).  This tool allows private well-owners to anonymously compare their lab results to state or federal standards or guidelines that exist for public drinking water. The tool also provides information about any potential health risks, and known water treatment options available to homeowners.

 The BWI tool may  be obtained at the following EPA web page:

  1. From here, select “browse as guest” at top right side of web page.
  2. Agree to the “conditions of use”.
  3. The Be Well Informed tool is at the top left side of the next web page.
  4. Open the dropdown menu arrow in the box labeled “Select a State/Tribe” and select “Massachusetts”, then click on the “check your water” box.
  5. A data entry page will open for the entry of water quality results.
  6. There is also a “State/Tribe Resources” menu item at the top of the data entry page where you may obtain links to information that is relevant to private well owners from MassDEP, MADPH, EPA, and other entities.
Board Of Health On-Line Permit Application:

Applicant Login link:

Applicant Instructions:

Public Office Hours
Call for an appointment 413-442-1521 ex.60

Monthly Meetings
First Tuesday 6:00 PM
Richmond Town Hall


Claudia Ryan
Louise Maron
Andrew Fisher
Laurence Cohen, M.D.

Health Agent
Valerie Bird

Food Establishment Permit $100.00 
Food Establishment Permit (temporary) $25.00 1 day, $75 3 days or longer
Installation of Septic System $75.00 
Septic System Permit - Complete System (engineering plan to review) Title V Major repair or new system $250.00
Septic System Repair Permit (minor repairs) $100.00 
Well Permit and Plan Review $100.00 
Title V Inspection Witness  $100 for first two hours then $50 per hour
 Title V Percolation Test Witness $200 first 2 hours or less; $75 per hour thereafter
Recreational Camp  Annual Fee: $50 base plus $50 per session
Food Establishment or Caterer-Small<50 seats $100.00
Bed and Breakfast Home or Establishment $50 annual, $35 per inspection
Mobile Food Vendor(must have licensed base of operations) $100.00
Septic Installer Annual Permit $100 with BCBOHA certification
Septage Hauling Annual Permit  $100.00
Trash/refuse hauler Annual Permit  $100.00
Pool- Seasonal opening<6 months(includes seasonal pools at camps) $150.00


Go to DOCUMENT CENTER for Board of Health Regulations, Forms and Application