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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Watertown Health Dept.
149 Main St
Watertown, MA  02472

phone: 617-972-6446
fax: 617-972-6499

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Watertown Nuisance Control Regulations seeks to address nuisance conditions that can unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property or the conduct of business. Things such as excess rubbish on property, standing water, overgrown vegetation, and other health hazards fall under this regulation while noises, odor, and dust issues fall under the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations of 310 CMR 7.52. The DEP give local boards of health authority to address said issues.

In order for the inspectors to conduct an inspection, one must contact the Health Department and make a complaint. A complaint can be made by phone, in person by visiting the Health Department, a written letter request, or by using Request Tracker. It is strongly recommended that when making a complaint, information such as your name, telephone number(s) where you can be reached, the location of the nusiance, and the alleged conditions. One may request annonymity when making a complaint.

Inspection Process
The Inspection
On most occasions the inspector will inspect the occuring nuisance at their earliest convenience. However, depending on the violation the inspector will inspect during the times when the alleged violation occurs. For example with issues of noise, odor, and dust when the violations can be sporadic.

During the inspection the inspector will document all of the violations in a written report. At the discretion of the inspector, pictures may be taken of the violations. 

Letters and Fines
Once violations are documented an order to correct letter is sent to the responsible party informing them of the violations and the corrective action needed for compliance. This letter also indicates how long the responsible party has to correct the violations in the letter, and fines that may be given. The letter is properly served and a copies are sent to the appropriate parties.

The Re-inspection
After the order to correct letter has been received by the responsible party and the corrective action time as elapsed, a re-inspection of the location occurs to determine if the violations have been corrected. If corrected the offender will receive a complaince letter. If the violations are uncorrected, the Board of Health will file a court complaint against the offender in order to gain compliance through the court system. Depending on the circumstances there may be more than one re-inspection. 

Please bear in mind.....
That making a complaint can create tension between the offender and the complainant.

The process may involve multiple inspections and phone calls and may require referrals to other departments. It is important to remain open and patient during this process as we work toward compliance.