Industry Food Safety
The program works to prevent foodborne illness through licensing and inspection of the over 500 restaurants and retail food establishments in DeKalb County. The program also inspects temporary food vendors and educates the public about safe food handling, preparation, and storage. The program enforces applicable local and state laws pertaining to food and food establishments.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: How do I get an Illinois Food Sanitation certificate?
A: You are required to take a compliant Illinois Food Sanitation Course and pass the exam. Once the exam is completed, the candidate sends the certification fee of $35.00 to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This certificate is valid for five years. Before the expiration date of this certificate, you must be meet re-certification requirements and pay $35.00 for the next five years. For more information check the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification Course Schedules.
Q: Do I have to have a permit to open a restaurant?
A: Yes, in most cases. However, there are some exceptions. Call for details.
Q: How do I apply for a permit?
A: New facility: Once the physical structure has been determined to be adequate, the owner completes the application and pays the required application fee. Applications are provided by the inspector at the pre-operation inspection.
Change of ownership of existing facility: Contact the Health Department for procedure.
Q: How long does the plan review process take?
A: Generally about a week is adequate for the entire process.
Q: Do I have to submit architectural plans?
A: No. However, all submitted plans must be to scale with the scale clearly noted on the plan.
Q: Are permits transferable from one owner to another?
Q: Are permits transferable from one location to another (same owner)?
Q: How often are food establishments inspected?
A: Frequency of routine inspections is based on the establishments risk assessment. Category 1 establishments are inspected 3 times per year. Category 2 establishments are inspected one to two times per year, and Category 3 establishments at least once a year. The terms Category 1, 2, 3 describe operational features of the establishment rather than the likelihood of unsafe food practices. All routine inspections are unannounced.
For more information regarding the Food Program, call the Health Department at 815-748-2474, or email staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org (DeKalb County, Illinois).
ApplicationsCottage Food Registration Application (pdf)
Home Kitchen Registration Application (pdf)
Food Permit Application (pdf)
Food Service Plan Review Form (pdf)
Temporary Food Application (pdf)
Seasonal Food Handling Permit (pdf)
Application for Mobile Vending Unit (pdf)
Restaurant Forms, Reports & Articles
Suggestions for Planning a New or Remodeled Food Service Establishment (pdf)
Temporary Event Checklist for Operators (pdf)
Food Time/Temperature Requirements (pdf)
Food Safety at Temporary Events
Temporary Food Service Establishment Regulations (pdf)
Mobile Vendor Requirements (pdf)
Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) (pdf)