The City of Portsmouth Health Department is providing detailed information to residents about the new Coronavirus COVID-19 that was identified in China in December 2019.

The Health Department has set up a special page dedicated to the latest information about COVID-19 and how residents, businesses, schools, travelers and communities hould prepare for the possible spread of this new disease.

The page includes links to resources provided by the Center for Disease Control and the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

For the guidelines related to Outdoor Dining during the COVID-19 emergency, click here.


Health Department

Food Code Updates for Food Processing Plants (Proposed Amendments to Chapter 4 Article I - Food licensing and regulations)


The City is proposing food code updates to Chapter 4, Article I - Food Licensing and Regulations. These proposed amendments adopt specific sections of He-P 2300, New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules, regarding definitions and regulations of food processing plants / manufacturers. 

To see the proposed amendments to Chapter 4, please see the link below. 

To see He-P 2300 in its entirety, please see the link below.  

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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