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 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can visit the Ipswich High School, 134 High St., to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. Read on...
  2. National Volunteer Week

    In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Ipswich Public Health Department is encouraging residents to consider joining the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a national network of volunteers who work to improve the health and safety of their communities. Read on...
  3. Volunteers Wanted for the Medical Reserve Corps

    The Ipswich Public Health Department is seeking individuals who are interested in joining the local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Topsfield Regional Medical Reserve Corps. You can join at Read on...
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