Septic Systems

Permitting and Inspecting Activities Related to Septic Systems

The Environmental Health Division is the authorized agent for IDPH to conduct all private sewage activities in Will County. The primary goal of the Sewage Disposal Program is to prevent the transmission of disease caused by exposure to sewage.

Water Well Safety

Supervising and Inspecting Water Wells

The Environmental Health Division of the Will County Health Department has broad responsibility over the permitting, regulating and supervising of private, semi-private and non-community water wells in the county.

Well and Septic Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Well and Septic Questions

How do I know if I have a well?

If you live in a rural or unincorporated area of the county and do not receive a water bill, you most likely have your own private well. If the well is not visible, if may be buried in a pit, underground, or under/in the house or basement. If you are connected to the municipal water supply, contact your municipality or the Illinois EPA for any water questions. 

What if I am buying or selling a home that is on well and/or septic? 

If you are buying or selling a home, we offer a service to conduct a well and septic survey of the home. The well and septic survey will give you a better idea of where the well and septic is located, how it works, and if it is working. If you would like to conduct a well and septic survey, it is only $175.00 and you can start the request form (link attached below). 

Food Safety Program

Food Safety Program

Permitting and Inspections of Food Service Establishments by the Department of Health

The Environmental Health Division conducts plan reviews, registers and issues permits for all new and remodeled food service and food store facilities including temporary facilities established for specific events, mobile food service units and registers cottage food operations. Environmental Health Division inspectors also conduct opening and routine food safety inspections of more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the County of Will. 

Food Establishment Safety Inspections

Enforcing Provisions of the of the Food Sanitation Code

In accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Food Service Sanitation Code and the Will County Food Service and Retail Food Store Sanitation Ordinance, inspectors from the Environmental Health Division of WCHD carry out food safety inspections at more than 2800 food service/food store facilities throughout the county.

Food Establishment Licensing and Permitting

Submitting Applications and Inspections

Before constructing or remodeling a food service establishment, a proposal shall be submitted to the Division of Environmental Health at the WCHD. Use the Food Establishment checklist to organize all the required documentation for a plan review. Proposals may be hand delivered or mailed. Plan review payments must be made at the time of submission and can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078.

Temporary Food/Drink Event Establishment Permitting

Submitting Applications and Forms for Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service permit is required for outdoor food festivals, pancake breakfasts, and other events where food is served to the public on a temporary basis. In order to obtain a permit, review the Temporary Food and/or Drink Service Establishments Brochure, complete the Application for Temporary Food Events and submit the application form and fee to the WCHD at least 7 days prior to the event. Temporary food service permit payments can be made in person, over the phone or electronically using GovPay, or 1-888-604-7888, use Pay Code Location #7078. 

Applications may be submitted via email at 

Food Recalls Safeguard Public Health

Potentially Harmful Food Products can be removed from the Market by the Food Recall Process

Once a food product is marketed to a wide range of consumers in different markets, unexpected problems can occur. Some common problems include contamination at the processing stage that may leave an organism in the product that could make consumers ill, mislabeling of a product or the discovery of a potential allergen in the product.

Mobile Vending

Movable Food Service Regulations

Mobile vending operations refer to a readily movable truck, trailer, or push cart food service. Food provided by mobile venders comes from a business that is licensed and inspected by a health authority. Mobile units must be serviced and re-supplied from a fixed and licensed commissary to which they return daily. 

Cottage Food Operation

Foods Made in Home Kitchens

The Cottage Food Operation Law allows certain foods made in home kitchens to be sold at Illinois farmers' markets with limited regulation. Operators must register with the health department and obtain the Food Service Sanitation Management Certificate. 

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