Food Sanitation Classes & Permits
If you are considering opening a new restaurant or have questions about food safety for an existing facility, please call and speak with one of our environmental inspectors at 217-535-3145.
8-Hour Certification Course
Restaurants are required to employ a minimum number of staff (depending on the food establishment’s risk category) certified in the 8-Hour Certified Food Manager course. The 8-hour, 2-day program, is offered several times a year for a fee of $125.
Once the course is finished, a final exam must be successfully completed with a passing score. The certificate is valid for 5 years.
To enroll, print, complete, and return the 8-Hour Registration Form with $125 to SCDPH two weeks prior to the first course date. Once enrolled, participants will not be notified again unless class is cancelled or changed, so plan to attend on the scheduled dates.
For more information call 217-535-3145.
Allergen Awareness Training
With the adoption of PA 100-0367 on August 25, 2017, amendments to the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act were made to include an allergen awareness training requirement.
New regulations go into effect January 1, 2018. Enforcement begins July 1, 2018. For further details visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's Allergen Awareness page.
Restaurant Food Permit - Annual
To open a new restaurant or food service facility, please contact our office directly at 217- 535-3145. The Annual Restaurant Food Permit is for establishments or food service facilities operating on a year-round basis.
To renew an annual food permit, complete and submit the Annual Food Permit Application to SCDPH. To avoid late fees, be sure to submit the application before the current permit’s expiration date. See application for late fee details and payment options.
Restaurant Food Permit - Bi-Annual
The Bi-Annual Restaurant Food Permit is for food service concession stand/farmers market stand facilities operating at a 6 month (seasonal) basis that do not meet the criteria of a Mobile Unit.
To renew a Bi-annual food permit, complete and submit the Bi-Annual Food Permit Application to SCDPH along with form of payment as indicated on application. Contact our office if you have any questions 217-535-3145.
Food Service Permit - Mobile
This permit application is for mobile food service facilities open 14 – 365 days per calendar year. Hot dog carts and food trucks are examples of mobile food operations. Mobile food service facilities cannot stay parked in one place for more than 14 consecutive days because they are not hard plumbed to community water and sewer services. Certified food service sanitation staff may be required for mobile permits, depending on the menu. Click here for additional Mobile Requirements. Contact our office if you have questions. Many Villages require permits for operating food trucks within their corporate limits. A list of Villages and their contact information is provided here.
To apply for a mobile permit, complete the Mobile Food Service Application and return it to SCDPH with the appropriate fee (listed on application) two weeks before opening. You must also contact our office at 217-535-3145 to schedule an inspection prior to opening or purchasing food.
Food Service Permit - Special or Temporary Event
This permit application is for food service events operating fewer than 14 days per calendar year. Carnivals, festivals, homecomings, fairs, fundraisers, chili cook-offs, bridal shows, craft/art fairs, car shows, and sporting events are examples of temporary food events permitted by SCDPH. If food is served to the general public for free or at a charge, a permit is required.
To apply for a temporary permit, complete the Temporary Food Permit Application and return it to SCDPH with the appropriate fee (listed on application) two weeks before the event. The event will be inspected by a Department Sanitarian.
Note that all food must be from an approved source and prepared on-site the day of the event. If food is prepared in advance, or the applicant has not held a temporary event previously, please contact our office at 217-535-3145.
Illinois Home Kitchen Act
Illinois Cottage Food Act
Sangamon County Food Service Establishment Ordinance (Home Kitchen Operations)
Food Service Emergency Procedures
For after hours public health emergencies, contact Sangamon County Dispatch at 217-753-6666 and Sangamon County Department of Public Health will be contacted.
Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 217-535-3145 or Toll Free 888-217-3505.