Board of Health



Begin the process of renewing or setting up an online account and apply for a permit

If you do not see find what you are looking for, please call the office at 781 821 5021

Non High Dose Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine

is available to individuals 3-years of age or older by appoint only at the Board of Health Office.  Call 781 821 2942 to schedule an appointment.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis line.

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

December 2022. Free Covid test kits available.

Get Free at-home Covid 19 tests this Winter Click Here

Welcome to the Town of Canton Board of Health

The Board of Health is represented by the Health Department staff located at 79 Pleasant Street. 

The Board of Health is made up of three residents from different walks of life who care about the wellbeing of their community. They each serve a 3-year term of office and are given the legal authority to set policies and make regulations to protect the public and environmental health. Some of the Board of Health's responsibilities include

  • issuing permits and licenses for a wide variety of businesses and activities throughout Canton;
  • inspecting all licensed and permitted facilities;
  • enforcing applicable state and local regulations and statutes;
  • providing a comprehensive public health nursing service to residents;
  • investigating all reports of communicable diseases;
  • providing information and advice regarding environmental health issues; and
  • taking part in regional programs such as mosquito control, tobacco programs, substance use prevention and used sharp collection.

Under Massachusetts General Laws, state and local regulations and community direction, Boards of Health are held responsible for disease prevention and control, and health and environmental protection and promoting a healthy community. Boards of Health serve as the local arm of both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. To fulfill their duties, they develop, implement and enforce health policies, oversee inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing and food service, and assure that the basic health needs of their community are being met.

Board Members

  • Alan Rapoport, OD, Chairperson
  • Anjali Bayliss, MSOT,OTR/L
  • Julie E. Goodman, PhD


Board meetings are generally held on the 1st Monday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Salah Room, 2nd Floor, at Town Hall. Check the "calendar" for more information.

Canton is BioReady®!

MassBio has developed a rating system to determine a municipality’s readiness to host biotechnology facilities based on the community’s zoning practices and infrastructure capacity. BioReady® rates these communities in four tiers from Bronze to Platinum. Through these BioReady ratings, MassBio seeks to provide cities and towns a platform to effectively tell their stories to the biotechnology industry that will ultimately help real estate developers and biotechnology companies find the most favorable destinations to locate. There are currently 90 BioReady communities across the Commonwealth that have all made a commitment to hosting the life sciences industry.