Food Sanitation

If you have a public health emergency, please call 9-1-1. After normal business hours, if you have a public health non-emergency or immediate issue/concern, please call 309-467-2375 and ask for the public health administrator on call.

Appointments are required to meet with Eric or Paul in Environmental Health due to heavy workloads - they are regularly out of the office conducting inspections.

Please call 309-467-3064 to set up an appointment.


Food Sanitation Program


The purpose of this program is to promote food safety and to protect citizens from foodborne illness. This mission is accomplished through a variety of enforcement and educational activities:

Permits/Inspections

  • Restaurants (includes bars, convenience stores, coffee shops within a gift shop, etc.)
    • 2018 Food Permit Packet
    • Permit application and fee for operational food permit must be received by the Woodford County Health Department by no later than January 1st of the permit year, or postmarked by no later than January 1. A late fee of $10.00 per day shall be charged for every day late. The late fee must be paid at the time of the permit fee. Seasonal establishments not in operation on date the permit application is due are not late. There will be no late fee charges made for such permits to any school, religious, voluntary or non-profit making community organizations and institutions.  If the Woodford County Health Department has not received an establishment permit by January 15th, the Administrator will go into the field with a law enforcement officer to shut the business down or collect the fee onsite.  
  • Food Services (schools, pantries, etc)
  • Temporary Food and/or Drink Booths-Mobile Food and/or Drink Units The Woodford County Health Department requires all temporary food stands be inspected and licensed, even if one's permanent facility holds an annual license. Anyone planning a temporary food event that is open to the public in Woodford County must contact WCHD two weeks before the event to schedule an open inspection.
    Application for a Temporary Food Stand - Multiple Use Permit (PDF)
    Application for a Temporary Food Stand - Single Use Permit (PDF)
    Cottage Food Registration Form (PDF)
  • Illinois Temporary Food Stand Food Safety Guidelines
    Temporary Food / Drink Safety Guidelines (PDF)
    Note: Inspections for all of these food services are performed following the guidelines of Illinois State Rules and Regulations and Woodford County Ordinance. Licensing fees are based on the type of facility and level of complexity for food preparation, to be determined by WCHD staff.

Consultation/Evaluation/Approval of new facility layout plans

Any new restaurant or food service must be approved and licensed by the Woodford County Health Department before it can begin serving food to the public.

Investigation of Complaints

Woodford County Health Department staff investigates complaints made against a food establishment. To make a complaint about a food establishment, click here.

Inservice/Training Food Service Staff

To schedule a training session for your food service staff, contact the Health Department at 309-467-3064.

8 hour Certified Food Protection Manager


WCHD sponsors 2 classes each year as able. We can also refer individuals to additional classes offered by other programs in the area.


Online Allergen Courses


Investigation/Surveillance Foodborne Illness Outbreak


A potential foodborne outbreak is a cluster of illnesses in which two or more unrelated persons associated in time and place experience the onset of a similar acute illness following ingestion of common food or drink. WCHD staff follow-up on any report of a potential foodborne illness. Actual foodborne illness cannot be verified without laboratory confirmation.

Public Information/Education/Presentations