Environmental Health Services

Abandoned Wells

  Abandoned wells present a serious safety hazard for children and may contaminate the water supply. We have brochures available detailing the proper methods of sealing a well.

Body Art Establishment Inspections

Regular inspections of body art establishments are conducted throughout Schuyler County. Body Art establishments must meet state requirements in order to receive approval from the State of Illinois.  Annual fees: $500.00 for initial work station;  $50.00 for each additional work station within the establishment.

Food Sanitation Education

We have Food Service Manager Classes available throughout the year. Please call the Schuyler County Health Department for a list of classes.

Food Service Establishment Inspections

Regular inspections are made of food service establishments throughout the county. We check for temperature, cleanliness of facility, storage practices, and disposal of waste products. Inspections are required at mobile and temporary establishments as well. 

Permits for Private Septic Systems

 State law requires a permit before a septic system may be installed or renovated. Applications are available at the health department and require 48 hours notice, prior to commencing work.  Septic Installed by a contractor $125.00, septic installed by a homeowner $150.00, Septic repair $75.00 

Real Estate Septic and Well Evaluation Program

Most lenders will require an evaluation of the existing septic and water supply systems on a property before closing a loan for the purchase of a home. For a nominal fee, we will evaluate and test your system and provide a report to the lender. Permits are issued as follows:  Sewage only $80.00;  Well/Water only $20.00;  or all for $100.00. 

Tanning Salon Inspections

Regular inspections of tanning salons and beds are conducted throughout Schuyler County. Tanning salons must meet state requirements in order to receive approval from the State of Illinois.  Tanning Permits:  $250.00 for initial permit;  $150.00 for annual permit. 

Water Supply Testing

Test bottles are available for residents to collect their own samples. The samples are tested for bacterial contamination. Our staff sanitarians will interpret the results and suggest corrective methods. Home visits are a possible option. Testing is free. 

Well Water

Permits for drilling must be obtained from the Health Department. A permit is required before any new well may be dug, drilled, driven or bored.  Permits are also required for the deepening of a well. Fee: $100.00.  

Food Permit Fees

Annual Category I: $100.00 Annual Category II: $75.00 Annual Category III: $50.00    Temporary Permit: No fee for 1 day event, but you still register.  Schuyler County Fair Permit $50.00, Seasonal Food Permits, which is only issued for a 6 month period, $50.00