Wayne County and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have a joint agreement which specifies activities for the inspection, monitoring, and enforcement of solid waste facilities, excluding hazardous solid waste, but including investigation activities for complaints and random dumping in Wayne County.


All tanning bed facilities in Wayne County are inspected in accordance with the State of Illinois Tanning Bed Facility Code, and are permitted by this department. Complaint investigations are conducted as needed.


The purpose of this program is to investigate complaints and secure elimination of environmental health hazards in cooperation with other local, state, and federal agencies.

The Health Department administers the nuisance control program under the authority of a Wayne County ordinance.


The purpose of this program is to reduce the possibility of health hazards created by malfunctioning or improperly constructed and maintained private sewage disposal systems.

The program regulates all private sewage disposal systems which have no surface discharge, and those which treat a flow of 1,500 gallons per day or less with a surface discharge.

Plans for the installation of private sewage disposal systems must be reviewed and approved prior to construction. The health department enforces the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code under authority of the Private Disposal Licensing Act.
If you have any questions regarding private on-site sewage treatment systems or receiving a permit, please contact our office at 618-842-5166 x 114, or call Jeff Jake, Environmental Health Inspector, at 618-599-9748.

Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code


The major health consideration in well construction is to prevent well contamination from the surface of the ground or through seepage from sewage disposal systems or from other hazardous sources. The Environmental Health Department staff conducts plan reviews and issues permits for new well construction, inspects and samples existing and new water wells, and monitors the prevalence of abandoned wells with the requirements for their sealing.

The department administers the private water program under the authority of the Illinois Water Well Code and the Illinois Water Well Pump Installation Code. If you or a family member has been ill from a suspected waterborne illness, or have a doctor's request, the Wayne County Health Department will sample your water supply and do a well inspection.

For anyone concerned about bacteria in their water, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield at 217-782-6562, or click on IDPH - Water Wells Link for more information.

For water quality issues, including high iron, hardness, etc., you should call the Illinois State Water Survey at 217-333-9043. For lab questions, call 217-333-9234.

The goal of the Food Sanitation Program is to protect citizens from contracting and transmitting foodborne diseases and to educate food service operators and consumers about safe food handling practices.

Routine inspections are unannounced and based upon the food handling activities of each establishment. Category 1 (high risk) facilities are inspected 3 times per year, Category 2 (medium risk) facilities are inspected 1 time per year and Category 3 (low risk) facilities are inspected 1 time every two years.

Complaints are investigated within seven working days. Foodborne illness, fire, and other disaster investigations are conducted immediately. Consultations and in-services are provided upon request. Plan reviews are conducted within five working days after proper information is submitted to the department.


Cottage Food Vendor Registration

The Cottage Food Operation Act became effective in Illinois on January 1, 2012. The Act requires Cottage Food Operations to register with local health departments before selling products to the public at a Farmers Market. The Act only applies to food sold at a Farmers Market. Click below to download the registration form, cottage food operation information handout, food service sanitation class list. If you have any questions, please contact the Wayne County Health Department Environmental Health Division at (618) 842-5166.


Temporary Food Service Establishment

A Temporary Food Service Establishment is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of time not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Every food stand operating at an event greater than two or more days is required to obtain a Temporary Food Service Sanitation Permit. Permits are issued upon completing on-site inspection. No pre-registration for permit is necessary. Click below to download guidelines for temporary events. If you have any questions, please contact the Wayne County Health Department Environmental Health division at (618) 842-5166.


Restaurant and Non-Restaurant Employee Training Information

According to the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), any food handler working in Illinois, unless that person has a valid Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (FSSMC) must have the appropriate, required training. All food handlers working in restaurants shall have training completed by July 1, 2014. All food handlers working in non-restaurants shall have training completed by July 1, 2016.

For more information please click on the links provided to the right.



The Illinois Department of Public Health requires each food service establishment to be under the operational supervision of a resident managerial person who has been certified in food service sanitation.

Food Sanitation course information is available through the following:

*Frontier Community College 
(618) 842-3711

*Corporate Training Center


Jeff Jake, Environmental Health Inspector