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Town Hall, First Floor, 298 Central Street, Saugus, MA 0l906. Phone: 781-231-4115
  About Inspectional Serives Department  

Inspectional Services is a consolidated department of inspectors and professionals authorized by State and Local Laws to enforce and promote public health and safety. In July of 1998, the Capital Improvements Program was added to the ISD. The Department is now comprised of the following divisions:

The coordinated effort of inspection, enforcement and education is undertaken to the benefit of homeowners, contractors, businesses, developers and the needs of the community.

To follow are descriptions from each division of the Inspectional Services Department. I would like to thank all members, both past and present, of the departments for their professionalism and dedication to public service.

Director of Operations
Capital Improvements Coordinator

  Inspector of Buildings  

In February of 2000, Mr. Fred Varone joined the ISD as an Inspector of Buildings. Mr. Varone's resume includes over 40 years in the design and construction of residential and commercial type buildings. He is a certified Building Inspector and holds a Boston (ABC) Builders License.

Mr. Varone has turned the Building Department into a professional operation, and in his short time with the Town, has already gained the respect of Town boards, commissions and the public.

When is a building permit required? In accordance with CMR 760, the Mass State Building Code, it is unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or installation of which is regulated by the building code without first filing a written application with the building official and obtaining the required permit.

If an applicant is refused issuance of a building permit because of dimensional requirements, they may appeal the decision to the Board of Appeals.

  Board of Health  


  • Mr. Joseph Vinard, Chairperson
  • Ms. Diane Serino, Vice Chairperson
  • Pamela Harris
  • Ms. Louise Bucchiere, R.N.

As authorized by Massachusetts General Laws, the Board of Health, which consists of five members, adopts health policies, enforces all laws and regulation and sets fees.




Plan Reviews:  
New Establishments:  
Food Service - 0-100 $150.00
Retail Food - less than 10,000 sq. ft. 100.00
Food Service - over 100 seats 200.00
Retail Food - 10, 000 sq. ft. and over 200.00
Minor change (less than 25% renovation) 50.00
Complex change (25% or greater) 100.00
Additional Plan Review Meetings 50.00
Permit Fees:
Food Establishment
100.00 per year Plus $1.00 per seat
Retail Food
<10,000 sq. ft. $100.00
  >10,000 sq. ft. 200.00
Residential Kitchen for Retail Sale
Residential Kitchen for Bed & Breakfast 100.00 Plus $5.00 per room
Change of Ownership Inspection 50.00
Mobile Food Unit 50.00
Pushcart 50.00
Temp. Food Establishment 50.00 per day
Catering Establishment 50.00
Catering Function 20.00 per Function
Permit Renewal - Late Fee
Frozen Dessert
Ice Cream
Asbestos Abatement Permit 50.00
Bottled Water & Carbonated  
Nonalcoholic Beverage
Burial Permit
Butcher Waste
Certificate of Occupancy
Fill Permit
Function Halls
Funeral Directors
Septic System Installer
Health Clubs
Keeping of Livestock
Stable Permit
Methyl Alcohol
Portable Toilets
Pumping & Trans. of Septage
Recreational Camp
25.00 plus $1.00 per Animal
25.00 plus $5.00 per Horse
100.00 plus $5.00 per unit
2.00 per Toilet per day
Septic System  
Plan Review
Percolation Test
Disposal Works Construction Per.
Repair Existing System
Swimming Pools



New - Sewer Entrance Fee: Includes Future Connection - per fixture $ 100.00
Reconnection - existing drains 200.00
Repair Work - existing system 50.00
Repair or replace existing water service 50.00


New Building/Change of Use:
Entrance Fee:
$ 500.00
Plus Per Fixture Outlet: 10.00
Restaurants - Food Establishments
Entrance Fee:
$ 500.00
Plus Fixture Outlet:
Per seat: 10.00

Repair or Replacement work:

$ 100.00
Exterior Grease or Oil Separations 100.00


  Canine Control Officer  
  Also under the authority of the Director of Public Health is Canine Control. Mr. Harold Young is the town's Canine Control Officer. He is responsible for enforcement of Article 23, Town By Law 507.00 Canine Control and Massachusetts General Laws 140. In order to better serve the public, two part-time officers were added for weekend coverage. Walter Homan and Margaret Whitten split the duties of weekend coverage and have become a valuable asset to the Department. Under the supervision of Officer Young, the Town's Canine Control efforts are rivaled by none. We have become one of the most professional and well-run Canine Control programs on the North Shore.  
  Public Health Nurse  

Ms. Louise Bucchiere sits as a member of the Board of Health and is also the Saugus Health Care Coordinator. She performs public health activities on a part-time basis for the Board of Health. Some of her projects include the following:


  1. Immunizations available for all residents in the 6th - 12th grades, (for a limited time only.)
  2. Continuous immunization of police and firemen.
  3. Immunization of all "at risk teachers".


  1. Continuous monthly testing for any Saugus resident.
  2. Teacher testing yearly.


  1. Health clinics that cover B/P's, diabetes screening, skin cancer testing, breast exams, and podiatry.


  1. Annual flu shots for all residents, Town employees, and nursing home residents.


  1. Saugus Business Education Collaborative
  2. Northeast Public Health Nurses Network
  3. Mass. Association of Health Boards
  4. Mobile Van

Sealer of Weights & Measures


Mr. John Hansen is the Sealer of Weights and Measures. In addition to his sealing duties, which require an annual inspection (sealing) of every weighing or measuring device, used for buying or selling in the Town, he must make numerous visits for reweighing of prepackaged commodities, checking for correct unit pricing and servicing all consumer complaints, including numerous short measure of gasoline, home heating fuel, and checkout scanner errors. The following are types of devices tested.

  • Scales and balances:
    Sealed, adjusted and condemned
  • Weights:
    Avoirdupois, Metric, Apothecary
  • Liquid measuring devices:
    Gasoline & Diesel, Oil & Grease, Kerosene
  • Linear measure:
    Yard Sticks
  • Automatic measuring devices:
    Taximeter, Fabric Measuring, Wire Cordage, Reverse Vending, Machine
  Plumbing & Gas Fitting Inspector  
  Mr. Arthur Rumson is the Plumbing and Gas Fitting Inspector for the Town. He has over 40 years experience in the trade and is also a licensed construction supervisor. Mr. Rumson also lends a great deal of his expertise in solving many of the Town's problems concerning HVAC and plumbing throughout the Town buildings.  


Remodeling Work:
$8.00 per fixture
  Plus $20.00 permit fee
Water Heater:
$10.00 per fixture
  (Existing) Plus $20.00 permit fee


Water Heater:
$10.00 per fixture
  Plus $20.00 permit fee
Boiler, Roof, Unit Heaters, Etc. $10.00 per fixture
  Plus $20.00 permit fee

COMMERCIAL - PLUMBING & GAS: $8.00 per fixture, Plus $20.00 permit fee

$10.00 per fixture
  Plus $75.00 permit fee
Remodeling Work:
$10.00 per fixture
  Plus $40.00 permit fee
Penalties: Permit fees shall be
Doubled when work has
Started without a permit.
Reinspection Fee: $25.00
  Electrical Inspector  

Mr. Charles Reed is the Electrical Inspector for the Town. He has over 40 years experience in the trade. Mr. Reed also lends a great deal of his expertise in solving many of the Town's problems concerning electricity throughout the Town's buildings.

  Building Maintenance  

The Building Maintenance Department is responsible for general repair and upkeep of all municipal and school buildings. There are 21 different buildings for which we provide HVAC, electrical, plumbing and carpentry repair.

The Department is staffed by three full-time employees and is supplemented by contracted services for major repairs and mechanical services. Mr. Paul Cargill is the maintenance supervisor and craftsman. He is assisted by Mr. Ralph Materesse, also a skilled craftsman. In order to keep up with an aging school building infrastructure, Mr. Vincent Imperial was added to the staff to handle the many plumbing repairs required.

In order to be more efficient and serve the Town better, a box type truck was purchased and fitted with compressors, generator and racking for emergency type materials. The staff of the Building Maintenance Department has an overwhelming, at times, workload and accomplish much for a three-man crew. When not repairing emergencies, the Department has now starting focusing in on preventative type maintenance and replacement to better utilize our budget.

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