Public Health

The Department of Public Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting entities to ensure compliance with local Board of Health Regulations and State Sanitary Codes and Environmental Codes.  Areas of responsibility include:
  • Air Pollution
  • Bathing Beaches
  • Beavers and Muskrats
  • Body Art
  • Disease Prevention and Surveillance
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Food Establishments
  • Funeral Directors
  • Housing
  • Mosquito Control
  • Motels
  • Nuisances
  • Noisome and Noxious Trades (Piggeries, Slaughterhouses)
  • Pesticides
  • Private Water Supply Wells
  • Public and Semi-Public Pools
  • Recreational Camps For Children
  • Septic Systems, Septage and Sludge
  • Smoking and Tobacco
  • Tanning Facilities

The Department of Public Health carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health conferred or imposed by law.   Public Health Overview

 

  1. Practice Tick Safety

    The Public Health Department is reminding residents about the importance of protecting themselves against tick-borne illnesses. Although tick bites can happen year-round, they are especially prevalent during the summer. Read on...
  2. Good Samaritan Law and Overdose Prevention

    The Good Samaritan Law, which was signed into law in 2012, provides protection from charge, prosecution and conviction for possession or use of controlled substances when an overdose victim or witness seeks medical attention. Read on...
  3. Pesticide Exclusion Request

    Residents who request their property be excluded from all pesticide applications (including larvicide as well as adulticide) must comply with the legal process to exempt their property (333 CMR Section 13.03. Read on...
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