Board of Health

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  1. Hingham Health Department Warns About the Dangers of Vaping

    Nearly half of Massachusetts high school students have tried e-cigarettes at least once and nearly one quarter of them reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, a rate nine times higher than... Read on...
  2. EEE update from Hingham Health Department – Risk Moderate

    Hingham is now at a Moderate Risk Level for EEE. We recommend to wear mosquito repellent when outdoors, especially during dawn and dusk. We also recommend to avoid outside areas with obvious mosquito activity... Read on...
  3. Hingham Health Department Mosquito Control Update

    The Hingham Health Department is monitoring the risk level of mosquito-borne illnesses on a daily basis. We follow an Arbovirus Surveillance plan through the MA Dept. of Public Health and Plymouth County Mosquito Control... Read on...
  4. Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw

    Effective November 1, 2019 the town has voted to reduce the common use of plastic check bags and promote the use of reusable bags. This new by law will be enforced by the Health Department. No Store in Hingham shall provide to any customer... 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.


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.


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.


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