Public Health Department
The Public Health Division of the Department of Land Use and Community Services carries out the day to day activities of the Board of Health. Their duties are generally described in Massachusetts General Law; Chapter 111, Section 122; which states, in part:
"The board of health shall examine into all nuisances, sources of filth and causes of sickness within its town, or on board of vessels within the harbor of such town, which may, in its opinion, be injurious to the public health, shall destroy, remove or prevent the same as the case may require, and shall make regulations for the public health and safety relative thereto and to articles capable of containing or conveying infection or contagion or of creating sickness brought into or conveyed from the town or into or from any vessel."
Their duties are carried out through various programs to promote Public Health including Public Health Nursing and wellness programs, Environmental Health investigations and permitting as well as the control of both wild and domestic animals.