Anyone who wishes to sell or prepare food that requires refrigeration for the public must obtain a food handling permit from the City of Elgin Health Department, as well as a general business license and occupancy permit from the City of Elgin.
If you are constructing or extensively remodeling a food handling establishment, you must submit a set of plans to the City of Elgin that the Health Department will review to ensure it complies with the Food Service Construction Requirements. You must also submit a plan review form and a ventilation plan review form if you are installing a hood and duct system.
A seasonal food handling permit is required of anyone who wishes to sell food that requires preparation or refrigeration for more than two weeks and less than six months at a temporary location (such as a farmers’ market). Please note that food may not be sold in City of Elgin parks or streets, or from moving vehicles such as ice cream trucks and carts.
A temporary food permit is required of anyone who wishes to sell food from a temporary location for less than two weeks (such as a carnival or festival). If the event is on private property, the property owner must obtain a temporary use permit from the City of Elgin.