Public Health


The Needham Board of Health adopted an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in a variety of settings including businesses, work sites, and government buildings. The use of face coverings is also mandated in the common areas of commercial and residential building complexes.

Find the latest COVID-19 information for the Town of Needham here:

The Public Health Division will continue to provide several its services virtually but will gradually re-introduce in-person services by appointment only beginning on June 1, 2020.

  • Inspections will continue, and appointments for plan reviews and consultations will continue via phone conference or Zoom unless an in-person meeting is required. 
  • Online permitting is available here for Septage/Grease/Medical Waste Haulers, Swimming Pools (pending COVID-19 guidance from MA DPH), and Demolitions. 
  • The link to download Public Health Division permits is available here, and the Current fee schedule is available here.
  • Substance Use Prevention services will continue virtually. The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN)’s website is available at

Contact & Social Media Information

Timothy Muir McDonald, Director of Health & Human Services
Tara Gurge, Assistant Director: 781-455-7940 x 211
Diana Acosta, Environmental Health Agent: 781-455-7940 x 220
Tiffany Zike, Public Health Nurse: 781-455-7940 x 211
Karen Shannon, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 215
Carol Read, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 222

Main Phone Line: 781-455-7940
Department Email:
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