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.

Norovirus Illness Information

CDC Norovirus Information

Norovirus Key Facts

Preventing Norovirus

Norovirus Facts for Food Handlers

Clean-up and Disinfection of Norovirus

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
Consumer Advisory Signage
Implementation of the FDA Code
Employee Health Policy Documents

Employee Health Policy Agreement

Employee Health Policy Agreement (Spanish)
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 Application

Cottage Food Operation Home Self-Certification Checklist

Cottage Food Registration Application

IDPH Cottage Food Guide 2022


Variance Request Form

Complaint Form

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

IL Farmers Market Food Safety Guide


Class A Food Establishment$840.00
Class B Food Establishment (catering)$620.00
Class B Food Establishment (no catering)$515.00
Class C Food Establishment + Seasonal$510.00
Class C Food Establishment$410.00
Class D Food Establishmet$255.00
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
Shared Kitchen (Owner/Operator)$410.00

Class B: $255.00
Class C: $150.00
Class D: $75.00
Vending Machine Permit$25.00
Mobile/Seasonal with Food Preparation$285.00
Mobile/Seasonal without Food Preparation$185.00
Plan Review- New Restaurant$515.00
Plan Review- Established$305.00
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: 815-748-2153

Email: (DeKalb County, Illinois).