Covid-19 Updates

Food Safety

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.

FDA/IL Requirements

On January 1st, 2019 the Health Department will be implementing the 2017 FDA Code to meet state requirements.

FDA 2017 Food Code

Allergy Signage Requirement
Implementation of the FDA Code
Employee Health Policy Documents
Employee Health Policy Agreement
Procedure for the Clean-up of Vomit/Fecal Events
Employee Illness Flow Chart
Employee Health & Personal Hygiene Handbook
Food Handler FAQs
Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification 
Food Time/Temperature Requirements

Annual Food Establishments

Food Permit Application
Food Construction Manual
Food Service Plan Review
Boil Order FAQs
Boil Order Procedures

Temporary Food Establishments

Temporary Food Permit Application
Temporary Event Checklist for Operators
Temporary Event Food Safety
Temporary Food Service Establishment Regulations

Seasonal Food Establishments

Seasonal Food Application

Mobile Food Establishments

Mobile Vending Application
Mobile Vendor Requirements
Commissary Agreement

Cottage Food and Home Kitchen Application

Cottage Food Registration Application
Home Kitchen Registration Application


Complaint Form
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
IL Farmers Market Food Safety Guide


Class A Food Establishment$800.00
Class B Food Establishment (catering)$600.00
Class B Food Establishment (no catering)$500.00
Class C Food Establishment$400.00
Class D Food Establishmet$250.00
Bed & Breakfast Establishment$150.00
Class E Temporary Food Establishment*$55.00
1 day
2-4 days
5+ days
Class E Alcohol Only1 vendor: $25
2-4 vendors: $50
5-9 vendors: $100
10+vendors: $150
Vending Machine Permit$25.00
Mobile/Seasonal with Food Preparation$280.00
Mobile/Seasonal without Food Preparation$180.00
Plan Review- New Restaurant$500.00
Plan Review- Established$300.00
Non-Compliance/Re-Inspection Fee$100.00
Cottage Food Registration$25.00

*Application must be received 7 days prior to the event to avoid late fee. Not-for-profit, Non-PHF, Sampling Only – 50% for Class E. Restaurant Late Fee – 50% of cost of license

Frequently Asked Questions

Laws and Regulations

DeKalb County Code  – Chapter 38- Health and Sanitation (includes food and food establishments)

Additional information regarding state codes related to Food & Restaurant can be found in 2017 FDA Code.

Additional Resources

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Contact Us

Phone: 815-758-6673

Email: (DeKalb County, Illinois).

Important Update/Actualización Importante

Please be patient with us, we are experiencing extremely high call volume at this time. To reach a specific program, please call the program’s direct phone line for assistance. For a listing of program phone numbers, click here. Your call will be returned within 24 business hours.

If you are calling about the COVID-19 vaccine, you need to sign-up for our notification system in order to be notified when you are eligible. Please click here to sign-up. If you have specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please email

Note: All services are currently by appointment only.


Tenga paciencia con nosotros, estamos experimentando un volumen de llamadas extremadamente alto en este momento. Para comunicarse con un programa específico, llame a la línea telefónica directa del programa para obtener ayuda. Para obtener una lista de los números de teléfono del programa, haga clic aquí. Su llamada será devuelta dentro de 24 horas en horario de oficina. Si llama por la vacuna COVID-19, debe registrarse en nuestro sistema de notificación para que se le notifique cuando sea elegible. Por favor, haga clic aquí para inscribirse. Si tiene preguntas específicas sobre la vacuna COVID-19, envíe un correo electrónico a

Nota: Todos los servicios son actualmente solo con cita previa.