Food Sanitation

Meet our Food Sanitarians 

Ashley has been with the Health Department in the Environmental Health Food Sanitation area since 2018 and took over as head of the Food Sanitation program in 2022.

Caitline is a Health Inspector and a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.  Caitline has been with the Health Department since January 2021.

Julie OKonya is a Health Inspector and a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.  Julie has been with the Health Department since August 2021.

What Does the Food Sanitation Program Do?

The Food Sanitation Program of the Environmental Health Division regulates food safety throughout Vermilion County. Following the guidelines of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Rules, the Food Sanitation Program enforces standards related to the proper handling of raw or cooked food products, food equipment and food establishments.

The ultimate goal of the Food Sanitation Program is to ensure that food service establishments are operated in a safe, sanitary manner in order to prevent contamination by infectious agents or toxic materials. The Vermilion County Health Department does this by issuing permits to all food service establishments in the county, reviewing plans for new or extensively remodeled facilities, inspecting establishments on a routine basis, and enforcing sanitation and safety standards.

For more information on this program and about the Vermilion County Health  Department, please see the Annual Report.

Food Service Facility Routine Health Inspections

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Submitting a Food Permit Application or Complaint? (COMING SOON)

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Food Permits

Any time food is offered to the public, a food service permit is required to ensure safe and sanitary practices with food service, preparation and storage. Here is the basic breakdown of food service permit types:

Annual Food Service Permits 

  • All restaurants, retail food stores, mobile food services, and other types of food services which will operate on a year-round basis must obtain an annual, Class 1 food service permit. The annual food service permit fee will be based on the risk category or establishment type assigned to your establishment. Please see Service Fees for fee information. A Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) must be onsite during all operations of food preparation.
  • Permit Application for Permanent Establishments
  • 2023 CFPM course list 

Seasonal Food Service Permits

  • Establishments and mobile units who operate less than 6 months out of the year qualify for a seasonal, Class 2 food permit. Common establishments to receive a seasonal food permit include concession stands, mobile food service, and ice cream shops. A Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) must be onsite during all operations of food preparation.
  • Permit Application for Permanent Establishments
  • 2023 CFPM course list

Temporary Food Service Permits

  • Whenever food is offered to the public during events such as fairs, auctions, fund raisers, public church events, and special community service events, a Class 3 Temporary Food Permit is required. Whether or not the organization is charging the public for the food, a safe and sanitary food production is key to a successful and healthy event. An educational inspection is required prior to the first event within a calendar year. See application for Temporary Food Permit Classifications and fees.
  • Permit Application for Temporary Events
  • Safe Food Handling Tips for Temporary Food Stands
  • Sales of non-potentially hazardous foods such as cookies, brownies, fruit pies, cakes, and breads for a bake sale that is a fundraiser for an organization do not require food permits, but it is best to contact the Health Department beforehand to be sure. Clear and proper signage advertising what the fundraiser is for must be in conspicuous view at point of sale. For clarification or to discuss restricted food items within a bake sale, please call the Environmental Health Staff at (217) 431-2662 ext. 5

 Farmer’s Market Food Permits

  • Farmer’s who want to sell their farm-produced food items directly from their farm or at a farmer’s market, qualify for a Class 4, Farmer’s Market Food Permit.
  • Any vendor who intends to sell outside of these parameters will need to pursue a standard Seasonal Food Service Permit.
  • Permit Application for Famer’s Market

Opening a Restaurant?

·         Please see Vermilion County’s Opening a Restaurant Guide for a quick reference prior to opening a restaurant.

·         If any new or remodeling construction/plumbing work is to be done within a food service facility (regardless of operational status), a plan review will need to be completed. Here are the items that will need to be submitted for a full plan review:

o   Plan Review Application

o   Equipment list with specifications

o   Proposed Menu

o   Plan review fee, see Plan Review Application or Service Fees for fee information

·         If your food service facility is within the City of Danville, please contact the City of Danville Building Safety Inspectors

·         All plumbing work completed out of the city of Danville must contact the IDPH State Plumbing inspector for approval, (217) 278-5900