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 are considered annual and must be renewed before January 1 of each calendar year.
Bed and Breakfast (PDF)
Body Arts Licenses
Food Establishment Licenses
Hot Tub(s) / Spa(PDF)
Mobile Food Operations (PDF)
Removal of Offal License (PDF)
Swimming Pool Operator (PDF)
Tanning Salon License (PDF)
Workers Compensation (PDF)
Health Permits are not renewable. Health Permits are often issued for a specific time period in conjunction with a special event or project.
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.
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