Board of Health

The three-member Board of Health is the policy making arm of the Franklin Health Department. It is charged with protecting the public health and well-being of the community, in accordance with federal, state and local public health laws and regulations. The Franklin Health Department's responsibilities include inspecting and permitting new and repaired/upgraded individual septic systems, witnessing percolation testing, biannual inspections of all food service and retail food establishments, investigating complaints of public health nuisances, enforcement of the state sanitary code relative to housing, licensing of children's recreational camps, inspection of semi-public swimming pools and spas, tanning salon and manicure/pedicure establishment inspections. The Health Department also issues permits for individual private drinking water and irrigation wells.

Useful Links

  • Town of Franklin Board of Health –

Board of Health Goals and Exceptional Events

Board of Health Goals

  • Prevent the spread of illness and infectious disease.

  • Protect against environmental hazards.

  • Encourage healthy behaviors to prevent chronic disease.

  • Plan and respond to health emergencies.

  • Collects, analyzes, and reports on a variety of public health data.

Exceptional Events

  • COVID-19

    • Make recommendations to the School Committee/Superintendent on masking in schools

    • Communicates abilities of vaccinated and unvaccinated people to move through society

How is it important to the town?

The Franklin Board of Health acts as the middle point between health organizations/health policy and the people of Franklin. A Board that takes an active role in communicating and combating public health concerns (ie pandemic response, air quality due to climate change) will ensure a healthier Franklin.The BOH also works on local point and nonpoint pollution sources that impact quality of soil and water.

Example: An engaged and responsive BOH will interpret the latest information regarding COVID and give recommendations to schools and Franklin facilities on best practices (including masking).