Working cooperatively within the Inspection Services Department, a team of Public Health and Inspection professionals are responsible for protecting the public’s health, disease control and prevention, as well as promoting sanitary living conditions to ensure the maximum quality of life for residents and visitors in the Town of Amherst.
In conjunction with the Board of Health, Inspection Services issues a variety of permits and licenses pertaining to public health and safety. The licenses and permits range from food and tobacco licenses to recreational camp and septic system permits. Any fees associated with a license or permit is due with your application and are payable by check to The Town of Amherst.
Health Licenses & Permits can be applied for on our online application portal.
Health Licenses are annual and must be renewed before January 1 of each calendar year.
Health Licenses can be applied for on our online application portal.
This includes the following licenses:
- Bed and Breakfast Licenses
- Body Arts Establishment Licenses
- Body Arts Technician Licenses
- Food Establishment Licenses
- Public Hot Tub/Spa/Pool Licenses
- Ice Rink Licenses
- Mobile Food Licenses
- Recreational Camp Licenses
- Removal of Offal Licenses
- Removal of Rubbish Licenses
- Septic Installer's Licenses
- Tanning Salon Licenses
Health Permits are not renewable. Health Permits are often issued for a specific time period in conjunction with a special event or project.
Health Permits can be applied for on our online application portal.
- Farmer's Market Permit
- Sani-Can/Portable Toilets Permit
- Temporary Food Service
- Well Construction Permit
- Water Supply Certificate
- Workers Compensation (PDF)
Body Arts Licenses
- Piercers' Agreement (PDF)
- Disclosure Statement Example (PDF)
Food Establishment Licenses
Workers Compensation Affidavit (PDF)
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In Massachusetts, licensed recreational camps for children must be inspected by the local Board of Health in the city or town in which the camp is located. In order to be licensed, the camp must meet all regulatory standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and any additional local requirements.
The state regulations can be found in: 105 CMR 430.000: Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children (State Sanitary Code, Chapter IV)
All forms and guidance materials are accessible online at the Mass.gov website. Begin your application by clicking on the first link labeled "Application for a Children's Recreational Camp".
- Application for a Children's Recreational Camp
- Authorization to Administer Medication (pdf)
- Authorization to Administer Medication Advisory (pdf)
- Background Information Checks of Staff and Volunteers (pdf)
- Camp Operator Checklist (pdf)
- Children's Recreational Camp Revised Regulations 105CMR430 (pdf)
- Christian's Law (pdf)
- Daily Log for Administration of Medication (pdf)
- Emergency Plans for Incidents and Disasters (pdf)
- Epinephrine Auto Injector Training (pdf)
- Health Care Consultant Acknowledgement Agreement of Onsite Medication (pdf)
- Health Care Consultant Agreement (pdf)
- Health Care Policy (pdf)
- Immunizations (pdf)
- Medication Administration Competency Checklist (pdf)
- Meningococal Disease and Camp Attendees (pdf)
- Training Health Care Supervisors in Administration of Medication (pdf)
The Amherst General By-law, Animal Welfare: Section 8, requires some property owners to register an application with the Inspectional Services Department outlining any intention to keep livestock and/or poultry on your property. Applications will be reviewed and an inspection of the premise will be completed by the Animal Wellness Officer before any permit can be issued. A complete application including a $10.00 registration fee should be submitted to the Amherst Inspectional Services Department.
Registering Your Livestock and Poultry
Livestock and Poultry Registration (PDF)
Massachusetts Department Of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
MDAR Best Management Practices for Backyard Poultry Keepers pdf
The Amherst Board of Health has adopted regulations intended to ensure all Private Wells, including private drinking water, agricultural and ground source heat pump geothermal wells, are constructed and maintained in a manner contributing to the protection and quality of Amherst's groundwater resources.
Well Construction Permit (PDF)
Water Supply Certificate (PDF)
If you have made the decision to institute a wood burning system in your home, understanding the basic principles of safe and proper wood burning techniques lessens any nuisance or threat to the public's health.
The Amherst Board of Health has adopted regulations requiring Wood Burning Device Operators to be licensed. There is no fee associated with this process.
Wood Burning Packet