Regulation of Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG)

By order of the EPA and in concert with Mass DEP, the Somerville BOH has recently implemented revamped fats, oils, and greases (FOG) pretreatment regulations.

Many establishments discharge waste that includes FOG, leading to expensive blockages to public water systems. Annually a single establishment can produce 800-17,000 pounds of grease! By following a FOG Management Plan, your business can help avoid these costly damages to your business and community.

As required by the new BOH FOG Pretreatment regulations all permitted establishments will have to provide ISD staff with a comprehensive FOG Management Plan consisting of the following information:

  1. Identifying information
  2. Description of operations
  3. Service and maintenance and pumping schedule of device
  4. Measurements of flows and pollutants including average daily discharge volume
  5. Waiver request or application for any form of relief from  

Information about existing or proposed pretreatment equipment to meet the requirements of these regulations, including drawings and design information certification by a registered professional engineer, licensed plumber, or registered sanitarian that the facilities either meet or do not meet the requirements of these regulations or other applicable ordinance.

ISD may issue tickets for failure to comply with the ordinance requirements.

For more information, please see the links below.