Board of Health

ALERT: Permit Applications

As of Friday, April 3, 2020, pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, charter, ordinance or by-law to the contrary, during the governor’s March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency, the process for permit applications to permit granting authorities has been modified and timelines for permit application review have been extended.  

Please refer to Permit Application Procedures (PDF) (Pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020] for application procedures in effect in the Town of Hingham during the state of emergency. Please note that all application submission requirements, including application fees, remain in full force and effect. All application submission questions should be directed by email to the applicable permit granting authority as set forth in the Permit Application Procedures.

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    The Hingham Health Department has updated the list of all takeout food establishments in Hingham (excluding grocery stores) as of March 25, 2020. There is a phone number and the method of ordering you can use to place your order. Read on...
  2. Hingham Health Department has a one page sheet of Guidance and Information on COVID 19

    Please review the most current information and resources from... Read on...
  3. Cease of Operations for Personal Care Services

    Cease of Operations for Personal Care Services Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Massage Establishments and Spas - Effective March 21, 2020This action has been ordered by the Hingham Board of Health, acting through its Executive Health Officer as authorized... Read on...
  4. Recreational Camps for Children in Hingham

    It’s that time of year that summer camp plans are starting to be made and there are many great options in Hingham. If you are considering sending your child to a camp this summer, we urge you to look beyond the brochure and inquire about the camp’s... Read on...
  5. BoH proposing to update Supplemental Rules and Regulations for the Disposal of Sanitary Sewage

    Effective April 1, 2020 The Town of Hingham, Board of Health has updated the Town’s Supplemental Rules and Regulations for the Disposal of Sanitary Sewage. Read on...
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What Do We Do?


The Board of Health is a municipal agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of the public health within the community. In order to achieve public health, the Board of Health is involved in many aspects of the community including prevention, planning, and enforcement.

Prevention


As agents of the Board of Health, the Hingham Health Department provides prevention to the community through Adult Immunization Programs, Domestic Abuse Resource and Referrals for victims, Food Establishment Inspections, Health Screenings for all residents, Bathing Beach Water Quality Testing, Communicable Disease Surveillance, and Tobacco Control.

Planning


The Board of Health develops procedures from which safeguards are instituted by regulation, to protect the public and environment from potential hazards. Planning and regulation development includes such activities as permitting for Septic System Installations, Private Well Construction Permits, Building Permits, Rabies Investigation, Local Emergency Planning, and Right-To-Know programs. We are dedicated to bringing the community the best services available by collaborating with other town agencies.

Enforcement


Code enforcement plays an important public health role. Health Department investigations into Housing Complaints, Food Establishment Inspections, Tanning Salons, Camp Inspections, Group Daycare Inspections, Nuisance Complaints, Tobacco Law Enforcement and Hazardous Material matters all make a "public health" difference on the services and products you receive as a consumer.

Contact Us


The Hingham Board of Health deals with many issues beyond what is listed in this brochure. If you have a question or want to know more about us, please give us a call at 781-741-1466, or stop by our office in the Town Hall.

Board Members

  • Peter Bickford - Member
  • Kirk Shilts D.C - Member
  • Elizabeth Eldredge, M.D.- Chairwoman