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County Services to Towns

Barnstable County Departments provide a variety of programs and services to the 15 towns on Cape Cod.  All services listed below are available to municipalities.

Programs and services are listed in alphabetical order.

AmeriCorps Cape Cod

The vision and mission of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program is to offer a diverse group of trained adults a 10-month, full time, residential living opportunity serving the critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs of the fifteen towns within Barnstable County. ACC helps across 4 focus areas: Natural Resource Management, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Education, and Volunteer Engagement. Click here for AmeriCorps Cape Cod

Agriculture Technical/Diagnostic Assistance

Program serves as a resource for accurate, unbiased information on plant management for municipal agencies as well as for agricultural producers, and members of the Green Industries. Click here for Agriculture Technical/Diagnostic Assistance

Bathing Beach Monitoring Program

We sample and analyze over 350 marine and freshwater beaches weekly, which adds up to over 4,300 samples per season. We test the water for two different types of fecal bacteria; Enterococcus in marine water, and E. coli in fresh water. Click here for Bathing Beach Monitoring Program

Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps

The mission of the CCMRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and build community resiliency. Click here for Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps Services

Coastal Processes

The Coastal Processes Specialist provides technical assistance to the communities of Barnstable County on a variety of coastal land protection and management issues. Click here for Coastal Processes

CRS - Floodplain Coordination

The County-wide CRS Coordinator helps towns to apply to the CRS program, improve their ratings and earn higher discounts, and help maintain the activities to keep those discounts in the future. Click here for CRS Coordination


The County Dredge helps towns reduces maintenance costs (70% below market rate), keeps waterways navigable for boats, reduces nitrogen and phosphorus build-up, and replenishes sand on beaches where there has been erosion. Click here for County Dredge

Emergency Planning

As BCREPC (Barnstable County Regional Emergecy Planning Committee) has developed over the years, it has seen its role expand to “All Hazards” emergency planning to address homeland security, meteorological, and public health issues that may affect the region. Click here for BCREPC Services

Fire Training Academy

To provide current, high quality, safe and realistic fire and rescue training from beginning to the most advanced levels. Click here for Barnstable County Fire Rescue Training Academy

Grant Development & Technical Assistance

The Resource Development Office is available to help municipalities with grant development and technical assistance. RDO also offers educational workshops. Click here for information about grant assistance

Hazardous Materials Reporting (Tier 2)

Facilities covered by EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act) are required to submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form (Tier 2 Submit) to EACH of the following agencies: the LEPC (on Cape Cod, this is the BCREPC), the SERC and their local fire department.

Health Agents - Logistical Service to Boards of Health

Regular environmental staff maintains the readiness and certifications necessary to assume health agent responsibilities in any town that needs increased temporary assistance for any reason.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The household hazardous waste programs work closely with towns to undertake new initiatives for recycling and disposal of difficult to manage wastes. Regional collection programs provide convenient, cost efficient collection of hazardous materials such as sharps, flairs, and mercury, for all Cape towns. Small business waste accepted. Click here for HHW Services

Home Investment Partnership

Administers the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), a Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Click here for Home Investment Partnership Services

Landfill Monitoring

Twelve Cape Cod towns currently depend on Department staff for post-closure or operational monitoring of their landfills, while remaining towns stay in continuous communication with landfill monitoring/sampling staff regarding sampling parameters, procedures and supplies and with the Barnstable County Laboratory staff regarding sample analysis Click here for Landfill Monitoring Services

Municipal Shellfish Propagation

All fifteen towns within Barnstable County purchase young oysters, quahogs, and other shellfish (also called seed shellfish) from hatcheries that are then planted in coastal waters for the benefit of shellfishing programs. As a service to these towns a bid program was developed to provide greater buying power as a group while reducing costs and improving delivery reliability. Click here for Municipal Shellfish Propagation

Municipality Waste Programs

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension administers several regional hazardous waste programs free to municipalities. Click here for Municipality Waste Programs

Public Health Nurse

Our professional nursing staff directs efforts toward educating people about health issues, investigating health problems and providing immunizations, and engaging in community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. Click here for Public Health Nurse


Eligible entities can order supplies, vendors can access bid documents and anyone can link to other sites with helpful information regarding the public procurement process.Click here for Barnstable County Purchasing

Rabies Awareness

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force, continues to assist towns with maintaining control of terrestrial raccoon rabies on Cape Cod.

Regional Network on Homelessness

The Department acts as the convening agency for the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness. Click here for Regional Network on Homelessness

Regional Transportation Information

The Cape Cod Commission carries out this mission by leading, supporting, and enforcing the development of regional plans, policies, regulations, and infrastructure to guide and manage growth, and by supporting the 15 Cape Cod towns with professional and cost-effective planning and technical support services.Click here for Regional Transportation Information


Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC) fosters the sustainable development of private/public aquaculture endeavors within the southeastern region and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by way of a coordinated effort including education, research, technical and economic assistance, best management practices and demonstration projects. Click here for SEMAC

Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Program

Established to provide performance information on various alternative onsite septic system technologies. Click here for (MASSTC)

Septic System Tracking and Management Program

This program provides innovative/alternative septic system compliance monitoring services to fourteen towns in Barnstable County via an internet-accessible database. Click here for Septic System Tracking and Management Program

Shellfish in Habitat Assesment

The Shellfish Habitat Assessment program and the Shellfish Officer Research and Education (ShORE) program assist shellfish growers and town shellfish wardens with monitoring shellfish survival and growth. Click here for Shellfish Habitat Assessment

Shellfish Workshops and Training

Topics include shellfish farming, Constable training, and technical advice. Click here for Shellfish Workshops and Training

Substance Abuse Council

The Department convenes the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) comprised of towns and community leaders from across Barnstable County. Click here for Substance Abuse Council Services

Tobacco Control Program

The Program’s education efforts include two annual visits to tobacco merchants in all twenty-seven communities within the service area and assisting local Boards of Health with promulgation and implementation of tobacco control regulations. Click here for Tobacco Control Program

Waste Reduction & Recycling

Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator provides Cape Cod’s fifteen towns with technical assistance on a variety of issues related to waste reduction and recycling, including municipal solid waste analyses, pay-as-you-throw program implementation, difficult to manage waste diversion, transfer station operations, guidance on grant funding, and public education. Click here for Waste Reduction & Recycling Services

Water Quality Lab

Public water supplies and public bathing beaches on Cape Cod are routinely monitored for bacteriological, inorganic and chemical parameters to ensure compliance with Sate and Federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards. Water Quality Laboratory

Water Quality Monitoring

Marine program specialists deploy water quality sensors to upload and analyze data for use by Shellfish growers, Shellfish Constables, State and Federal Agencies, Researchers, Environmental NGOs and Fisherman. Click here for Water Quality Monitoring