Public Health Department

THE CITY/HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ISSUE "BACK TO WORK" LETTERS.  It appears that the State is giving out incorrect information.  After quarantining if you've had COVID, you must get a re-test and a negative test is what your employer needs for you to go back to work.  The City/Health Department does not perform COVID tests. 


IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID, AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, WE ARE ASKING THAT ALL PAPERWORK BE FILLED OUT PRIOR TO ENTERING OUR OFFICE.  PERMIT APPLICATIONS CAN BE ACCESSED AND DOWNLOADED TO THE LEFT OF THIS PAGE.


Notice: The Health Dept. will be relocating to 39 South Hunt Road tentatively in January. We will update our address here when a definite date is scheduled.  During the transition, our office will be closed for 2 days to allow for set-up time.


WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING ON-LINE PERMITTING.  WE WILL NOTIFY YOU HERE WHEN THAT BECOMES AVAILABLE.


The Public Health Department investigates housing, general nuisance and food complaints, in addition to septic system installations / repairs / upgrades. The Public Health Department is also in charge of permitting and inspecting food establishments.

PERMITS: Please be sure to submit permit applications within time-frames given. We DO NOT accept emailed or faxed permit applications. Applications must be delivered to our office either by mail or in person, and must include all paperwork required with the associated fee. Incomplete paperwork will not be accepted. Permit applications received that do not fall within the necessary time-frame required for review, as stated, may be denied and/or have a late fee added.

COMPLAINTS: Referencing the above, complaints must be submitted in writing and signed on our printed complaint form. If a complaint is not submitted in writing, we do not have legal access to the premises to investigate a complaint. When a complaint is filed and investigated, the party involved will recieve a Notice of Violation / Order for Correction. Law allows that conditions "deemed to endanger" must be corrected within five (5) days of receipt of the violation notice, and "other" conditions have thirty (30) days to be corrected. You can read more about tenant rights based on the State Sanitary Code 105 CMR 410.990.

BEACH WATER TESTING - E.Coli & Cyanobacteria: Testing performed June thru Labor Day. Results are posted usually on Friday mornings after we have received them from the contracted water testing companies. 

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Staff Contacts

Name Title
Donna Lickteig Administrative Assistant