Restaurant Operators

I’d like to open a restaurant. What do I need to know to comply with food safety rules?

Before you begin

Look through our booklet, Answers for Food Service Operators (PDF). You’ll find answers to questions about
  • Licensing
  • Inspections
  • Food-related illness
  • New construction and remodeling
  • Management certification 
  • Other information critical to your restaurant business success.

Where can I pay? Who can I contact with questions?

Contact the McLean County Health Department to pay fees directly or by mail: McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St., Room 204, Bloomington, IL 61701. Ph.: (309) 888-5482 Fax: (309) 888-5506.

Are you renewing a Food Permit with no changes?

If you are renewing a Food Permit with no changes, you can pay online. Be aware that once you pay your food permit fees, they cannot be refunded if your project is cancelled.

FREE Restaurant Opening Sign Packet

Be sure to check out the Restaurant Opening Sign Packet. These are signs you’ll be required to print and display at your food service establishment.

Food Permits and Information

Ready to get started? Go to the links below to apply for your food permit.