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. Ticks Prevention

    To prevent contact with ticks and avoid tick-borne illnesses, Ipswich Public Health recommends the following tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Read on...
  2. 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...
  3. Mosquito Surveillance

    The mosquito surveillance traps are going to be deployed by Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District during the week of May 11-15th, 2020. Read on...
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