Food Safety and Environmental Health

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The Village’s Environmental Health Service Program is responsible for the following:

  • Food Safety: conducts inspections for restaurants and temporary events (including the Farmer's Market)
  • Foodborne Illness: the division works closely with Cook County and State Health Departments on foodborne illnesses, and investigates reported sanitation and health hazards
  • Other Health and Sanitation concerns: the division investigates complaints related to rubbish or garbage accumulations, vermin or pest concerns, animals or pets

Food Safety Inspections

Opening a Restaurant or Food Store? Review the Restaurant Startup Guide to understand what permits and inspections you may need.

Farmers Market Corn VendorSelling Food at a Special Event?  The Temporary Food Permit Application must be completed and returned to the Village two weeks prior to the event to ensure all food safety regulations are met.

Want to Participate in the Farmer's Market? The Village's own farmer's market, sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lion's Club, is held Sunday mornings from mid-June to mid-October at the West Commuter Parking Lot (corner of Northwest Highway & Route 83), near the train station. Hours are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. For information on what items you may sell at the farmer's market, and other regulatory information, review the Farmer's Market Guide. A Temporary Food Permit Application must be submitted to the Village. For additional information, visit the Lion's Club website.

Our food safety guides are not all-inclusive. For additional health requirements and information, contact us at 847/870-5668.

Foodborne Illness or Food Handling Concerns
The Environmental Health Division works closely with Cook County and State Health Departments to ensure the safety of food for consumption throughout the Village. For concerns regarding restaurant or food safety, or foodborne illness, call 847/870-5668 or submit an online Service Request.

Food Allergen Questions 
The State of Illinois has amended the Illinois Food Handling Law to include regulations on food allergens.  This program is managed by the State of Illinois and does not allow for local municipal enforcement or regulations. More information on the State Food Handling Law. 

Other Environmental Health Concerns
Village rules and regulations regarding sanitation, pets/animals, outdoor/vehicle storage and other general property maintenance, review the Residential Property Maintenance Guide or visit the Code Enforcement page.

Wildlife/Animal Control: Note that the Village does not employ animal control staff. Additional information about common wildlife issues.

For complaints regarding food safety or environmental health, call 847/870-5668 or submit an online Service Request.