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Located on the first floor of Town Hall, the Health Department:

  • Conducts routine inspections of and investigates complaints about all food establishments, camps, and dumpsters.
  • Enforces state and local health regulations and issues a wide range of licenses and permits.


Health Director inspects all food establishments, camps, pools, dumpsters and Title V regulations. The Housing Inspector enforces regulations under the State Sanitary Code to meet compliance for Minimum Standards of fitness for Human Habitation.

Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurse runs immunization programs, blood pressure clinics, school programs, and home visits.

Board and Committee Work

The Health Department works with the Board of Health, three resident volunteers who are elected to three-year terms. The Board oversees and authorizes the Health Department to act in the best interest of the public health: to prevent, promote and protect.

The department also works with the Coalition for Alcohol & Drug Awareness, which works to educate and involve the community in preventing and addressing substance abuse.


The  Department helps organize an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in October. That event and others are posted on the website calendar.

When to Contact us

Please contact us regarding any of our programs, clinics, or permits that this Department oversees. Permits and licenses we oversee include:

  • Well Permits                                                           
  • Housing Inspections for Rental Properties 
  • Burial Permits
  • Pools- semi public                                                        
  • Summer Camp
  • Dumpster                                                              
  • Haulers
  • Title V Septic- inspection, repairs and construction                            
  • Funeral Directors
  • Catering                                                                 
  • Installer Permits
  • Food establishments                                            
  • Retail Convenience
  • Tanning Facilities
  • Cryogenic Therapy
  • Nuisance Complaints