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. Ipswich Public Health Department Offers Sun Safety Tips

    The sun’s UV rays are most hazardous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and are strongest during the late spring and early summer months. Consequences of overexposure to the sun include sunburns, premature aging of the skin, wrinkling and skin cancer. Read on...
  2. Summer Camps and Other Programs for Children

    To be licensed, a camp must meet all of the regulatory standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Programs that do not meet the legal definition of a recreational camp for children are not subject these regulations. Read on...
  3. Protect Yourself Against Mosquitoes

    In this area, mosquitoes are most prevalent from May to August, but remain active until the first time temperatures fall below freezing. In Massachusetts, mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Read on...
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