Health Department


The Health Department presented a preliminary report on the results of the Community Health Profile and Needs Assessment at the City Council meeting on May 15, 2023. The original RFP #05-23 for the study is located on the Purchasing Department webpage*

**If you are purchasing an existing food business or are looking to build one - please READ THIS PAGE FIRST**

Please make an appointment if you need to visit this Department. Alternatively, you might be able to complete your City business online. To make an appointment, please call: (603) 610-7273.

The Health Department also offers this Health Bulletin Board with information about current and seasonal health concerns including a new link to hourly updates on air quality, provided by NHDES in response to the Canadian wildfire smoke.


PASSED - EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023 - Ordinance to amend Chapter 4 Food Licensing and Regulation:

At their June 5, 2023 meeting the City Council approved the First Reading of an Ordinance amending Chapter 4 – Food Licensing and Regulations and scheduled a public hearing and second reading at the June 20, 2023, City Council meeting.

The Health Department hosted a Public Information Session on June 8 at City Hall to discuss the proposed amendments to Chapter 4- Food Licensing and Regulation, aka the Portsmouth Food Code​ ​which will adopt the 2022 FDA Food Code with local amendments, along with portions of the NH Code of Administrative Rules, Part He-P 2300, Sanitary Production and Distribution of Food, with local amendments. The adoption of both these updated codes, along with our local amendments, is necessary for our Retail Food program and our Manufactured Food program to align with our State regulatory partners for regulatory consistency. Additionally, adopting the updated codes will allow us to take advantage of newer, more efficient food service inspection software.

See also Meeting Notice and Agenda link below. 

Should you wish to submit questions to be covered at the workshop, please email them to


The City of Portsmouth Health Department continues to provide detailed information to residents through a special page dedicated to the latest information about COVID-19 and how residents, businesses, schools, travelers and communities should prepare for the possible spread of this new disease.


Mission Statement

The Portsmouth Health Department provides Environmental Health services for the protection of Portsmouth residents and visitors.

This is achieved through food establishment regulation, inspections and food safety education, and response to potential public health hazards including communicable diseases.

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