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. National Drug Take Back Day

    The Ipswich Department of Public Health is supporting National Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can visit the Ipswich High School, located at 134 High St., to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. Read on...
  2. Diaper Drive For Families In Need

    Did you know 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children? Diapers are a basic need for children, as important to their health and well-being as food and shelter. Read on...
  3. 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...
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