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. Stop Addiction Before It Starts

    Teens who learned about prescription drugs from their parents were up to 42% less likely to misuse them than teens who didn’t learn anything from parents. Talking to teens makes a difference. Learn what to say by visiting Read on...
  2. Ipswich Installs Medication Disposal Kiosk at Town Hall

    A safe and secure medication drop off box has been installed in the Ipswich Town Hall at 25 Green St., in front of the Council on Aging Cafeteria on the lower level of the building. Read on...
View All