Board of Health

Due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Board of Health has suspended all non-essential public health activities, including:

  • all public health inspections
  • permitting functions
  • nuisance inspections

with the exception of the following:

  • foodborne illness or food safety complaints
  • septic system failure associated with current occupants (does not include system failures identified as part of real-estate transactions with no current occupants residing on-site)
  • housing code complaints associated with conditions deemed to endanger or impair the health and safety of occupants as listed in 105 CMR 410.750.

In addition, all public health permits with a date set to expire during this emergency order will be extended and expire 30 days after the day this emergency order is lifted.

See the full text of the BOH order.


Appointed by the Town Manager, the 5 member Lexington Board of Health acts as an advisory and oversight Board to the Lexington Public Health Division. 

In addition, the Board of Health is held responsible, (under various Massachusetts General Laws), for disease prevention and control, and health and environmental protection and promoting a healthy community. Lexington Board of Health members frequently reference Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection protocols.  

The Lexington Board of Health develops, implements and enforces local health regulations, oversees environmental health inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing and food service, and assures that the basic health needs of their community are being met.

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