Camps, Cabins, and Motels

What are the requirements for lodgings in Provincetown?

All rooms and dwellings offered for rent must meet the Minimum Standards of Human Habitation (105 CMR 410). These standards include being provided hot and potable water, screens on windows, doors and windows that open and lock, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, safe and proper egress, and maintenance of areas free of rubbish and garbage. For the most recent version of 105 CMR 410, contact the Massachusetts State Bookstore.

I had a less than desirable experience at a hotel/guest house/inn/motel, who should I let know?

If your experience included aspects that did not meet the Minimum Standards of Human Habitation (105 CMR 410), then you should file a complaint with the Health Department.

If your experience was not health or sanitation related, you may want to contact the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce or the Better Business Bureau.

Someone told me that staff quarters ("houseboy rooms") are not inspected, is this true?

All rooms and dwellings, regardless of whether they are rented to the public, offered in exchange for work, or some other arrangement, must meet the state building code (780 CMR) and the Minimum Standards of Human Habitation (105 CMR 410). These standards include being provided hot and potable water, screens on windows, doors and windows that open and lock, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, safe and proper egress, and maintenance of areas free of rubbish and garbage.

The Health Department inspects camps, cabins, guest houses, inns, and motels yearly. At those inspections the inspector asks to see any staff rooms to ensure that they meet relevant codes. This does not mean that the Health Department has seen all staff or "houseboy" rooms. If you are concerned about whether a staff or "houseboy" room does not meet code, please contact the Health Department.