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. Property Pesticide Exclusion Request

    Residents who request their property be excluded from all pesticide applications (including larvicide as well as adulticide) must comply with the legal process to exempt their property (333 CMR Section 13.03. Read on...
  2. Tips to Prevent the Flu

    As the rate of influenza and flu-like illnesses continues to rise in the region, the Ipswich Public Health Department is reminding residents to take precautions against getting sick and that it is not too late to get vaccinated. Read on...
  3. How Do I Properly Dispose of Medication?

    To properly dispose of medication, bring your unused and expired prescription medication to the Ipswich Town Hall located at 25 Green Street or Police Department located at 15 Elm Street. Read on...
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