Environmental Health

    The Environmental Health division protects the health of residents and visitors in the city of Newton by maintaining a comprehensive program of environmental health services, which includes: inspections, compliance, and enforcement activities; environmental monitoring and prevention activities; and providing outreach/education about environmental health issues.

    Environmental Health specialists conduct inspections on a regular basis per state law on the following: food establishments, swimming pools, and tanning salons. Investigations are conducted in response to complaints about the following: housing, lead paint determination, food establishments, and general health nuisances (i.e. mosquito pools, rodents).

    Applications are available for licenses for: residential kitchens, catering, keeping of animals, tobacco sales, body art, well drilling, sandblasting, and transport of waste (offal), among others.

    Applications, forms, permits, and other information may be found by topic using the menu on the left. Individuals with questions can call the Department of Health and Human Services office at (617) 796-1420 to speak with an Environmental Health specialist. While drop-in visits may accomplish your purpose, advance appointments are encouraged to ensure that someone is available to meet with you.

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