Food Service Sanitation Program

Through the food service sanitation program, our Environmental Health staff conduct regular inspections of all food service establishments within the seven counties we serve. This means that the restaurants you eat at in the seven counties have safer food handling practices and their employees have received training in how to keep the food they prepare for you free of disease and bacteria. Restaurants, deli counters, booths at county fairs, and other places selling food are required by county ordinances to go through the process of securing a food service permit.

In the event of an outbreak of food borne illness (food poisoning), our staff conduct an investigation to determine how the illness was caused so additional people do not get sick.

Women food prepping and cleaning commercial kitchen

New Food Establishments

​Individual consultation prior to any construction:

  1. Turn in application with schematic drawing of food establishment showing 3 compartment sink, dishwasher (if applicable), grease trap (if applicable), mop sink, hand sink(s), all food prep and storage areas.
  2. All plumbing construction completed by IL licensed plumber and plumber contacts IL State Plumbing inspector in Marion to inspect and sign off.
  3. Food establishment application filled out and returned to Health department 1 month before opening.
  4. 3-5 day prior to opening, call and set up time with Environmental Health staff to perform per-inspection of facility.

After pre-inspection has been approved, S7HD will issue a permit to operate.

Cottage Food Industry

About The Program

A “cottage food operation” means an operation conducted by a person who produces or packages food or drink in a kitchen located in that person’s primary domestic residence or another appropriately designed and equipped residential  or commercial-style kitchen on that property for direct sale by the owner, a family member, or employee and is registered with their local health department as a cottage food operator.
The cottage food law was passed in 2012 in order to encourage entrepreneurship and build local food systems by providing farmers and food entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and sell food products directly to consumers without the need for an expensive commercial kitchen space.

For more information about Cottage Food and what items are not permitted to be produced for sale, download the Illinois Cottage Food Guide.

Temporary Food Event Information

  • No inspection required of single temporary events lasting 1 day. Events occurring for 2 or more days require inspection by Environmental Health staff. Fee charged to temporary food establishment owner for temporary food booths open for more than 1 day.
  • All temporary food booths required to have a hand wash station consisting of warm water, soap, and paper towels.
  • All temporary food booths required to have sanitizer (bleach) and water to sanitize all equipment.
  • TCS (food requiring time and temperature control for safety) foods must be kept below 41 degree F or above 135 degree F.
Food truck in southern Illinois

A brochure for IL Temporary Food Booth guidelines and requirements can be picked up from the health department. IDPH Temporary Food Stand Safety


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Frequently Asked Questions

Make a note of what you and the other members of the party ate. If carry out, keep a sample of the food. Get medical attention, stool/vomitus cultures. Call your local health department right away at.

Food scores for the past twelve months are also available on our website: Southern 7 Health Department Food Scores. You may contact the health department sanitarian for inspection details.

Thorough hand washing after each possible contamination or change in process is required. If wearing gloves, they must be changed, accompanied by hand washing after each possible contamination or change in process. The health department requires food service employees to use gloves when preparing ready-to-eat foods in most situations.

You could ask that they wash their hands or wear gloves and then you could notify the Health Department.

Other Resources


Miranda Adams,
Environmental Health Director
Administrative Office
Phone: (618) 634-2297 ext: 9114​

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