Food Safety Certification Program

Food Safety Certification Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that food service establishments be under the operational supervision of a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). The number of CFPM is determined by risk and type of facility. That includes establishments that provide full service food preparation as well as those that hold, cool and re-heat food. This person is responsible for overseeing the food handling and preparation process to prevent the occurrence of food-borne illness.

Certified Food Protection Managers complete eight hours of online or classroom training through an ANSI-approved course and must pass the course exam with 75% or greater to obtain their certification.

Certificates for Certified Food Protection Managers are required to be available upon inspection.

Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 


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 

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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