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:
Beavers and Muskrats
Disease Prevention and Surveillance
Noisome and Noxious Trades (Piggeries, Slaughterhouses)
Private Water Supply Wells
Public and Semi-Public Pools
Recreational Camps For Children
Septic Systems, Septage and Sludge
Smoking and Tobacco
The Department of Public Health carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health conferred or imposed by law. Public Health Overview
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...
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...
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...