Inspection Services

Title 5, State Sanitary Code


This state regulation governs the construction and repair of septic systems. A percolation test must be conducted on each new home in the city served by a septic system and for any existing home where the system is in failure. The test must be witnessed by a representative from the health department. Designs of the new system need to be reviewed and approved by the department and an inspection of the system must be conducted when installed but prior to being back-filled.
If you are unfamiliar with going through the Title 5 process please see the “Title 5 Info Sheet” for a guide.

Perc App
Disposal Works App
Sign Offs
Well Construction Permit
Title 5 Info Sheet

Housing Inspections


According to State Sanitary Code, Chapter 2: The health department is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code (105 CMR 410.000). These regulations include elements ranging from minimum standards of fitness for human habitation to disorderly parcels of land that may impact public health and well-being.

Any resident of Westfield has the right to file a complaint with the health department if it suspected that conditions exist in their dwelling unit or common and exterior areas which may be in violation of the sanitary code. To facilitate an inspection of the property, a complaint must be submitted to the department in writing so that an appointment may be scheduled. Telephone complaints will only be accepted in the case of an emergency.
Housing Complaint Form w/ Cover

Restaurant Inspections
Each restaurant and retail food service establishment is inspected prior to opening by the department. The State recommends that each establishment be subsequently inspected twice yearly.

Food Protection Program


Required Permits for Food Distribution Services
Food service and retail food permits are required for any food distribution services. Please see below the details of each classification, their applications, and the fees associated with each application.

Class Application


Other Inspections
All public and semi-public pools must be inspected annually as do recreational camps, tanning salons, and any situations that endanger the health and welfare of residents needs to be investigated by the department.