Inspections & Permitting

CDPH is committed to ensuring a healthy and safe environment by reducing environmental hazards that have a negative impact on the health of our City and residents.

  • Environmental Permitting and Inspection: We are committed to ensuring businesses operate in a safe manner that protects our residents who work and live in the city.
  • Food Protection: We work to ensure that all food preparation in every restaurant, grocery store and food truck across the city is done in a way that meets the health code.
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes: We are committed to ensuring that homes are safe from lead poisoning and other harmful pollutants.
  • Mosquito Control: We monitor and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika.
Above Ground Storage Permit
Application forms and information about applying for an above ground storage permit can be found here.
Air Pollution Control Permit
Application information and forms for air quality permits can be found here.
Customer Service Survey for Food Service Managers/Owners
Customer Service Survey for food service managers/owners.
Environmental Complaint
Information about reporting an environmental complaint can be found here.
Environmental Permitting & Inspection
Environmental Permitting and Inspection Program aims to protect public health and the environment by reducing environmental risks throughout the city.
Financial Assistance for Lead Abatement
Department of Public Health has limited grant funding to assist low-income homeowners and landlords of affordable housing with eliminating lead hazards in their buildings.
Food Alerts and Recalls
The best way to stay on top of food recalls and alerts is by signing up to receive automatic emails when government agencies issues food recalls.
Food Establishment Complaint
This service request is used to report problems related to food safety at restaurants.
Food Protection Services
We work to ensure that all food preparation in every restaurant, grocery store and food truck across the city is done in a way that meets the health code.
Food Service Sanitation Certificate
Requirements for becoming a Food Service Sanitation Manager
Highway Authority Agreement
A highway authority agreement is recognized as an “institutional control” for sites that have been remediated in accordance with the Illinois EPA’s Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives and where the Illinois EPA has determined that no further remediation is required as to the property(ies) to which the agreement is to apply.
Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facilitiy Overview
Overview of CDPH's Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Overview
Illegal Fly Dumping, Trash Dumping
Information about reporting an illegal dumping, or "Fly Dumping" can be found here.
Landfill, Liquid Waste Facility, and/or Transfer Station Permit
Information about who should apply for a Landfill, Liquid Waste Facility, and/or Transfer Station Permit and application forms can be found here.
Liquid Waste Fee
Information and forms to pay liquid waste fees can be found here.
Pushcart Food Vendor
Report health or sanitary problems with pushcart food vendors.
Recycling Facility Permit
Information about applying for a recycling facility permit, along with the recycling facility permit application, can be found here.
Register a Cottage Food Operation
P.A. 097-0393, effective January 1, 2012, amends the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, 410 ILCS 625 and the Sanitary Food Preparation Act, 410 ILCS650, to exempt a "cottage food operation."
Report an Elevated Blood Lead Level
To combat lead poisoning, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to ensure children are tested for lead, to educate parents and property owners of the dangers of lead, and to enforce city and state laws.
Restaurant Inspection
The CDPH Food Protection Program is responsible for inspecting all establishments serving food to citizens of Chicago.
Restaurant and Food Service Inspection Reports
All restaurants are subject to certain recurring inspections. Each year a restaurant is subject to annual inspections to ensure continued compliance with City ordinances and regulations
Rock Crushing Permit
Application and information regarding applying for a rock crushing permit can be found here.
Streeterville Right-of-Way or Property Permit
Based on the U.S. EPA’s recommendation, the City of Chicago is requiring radiation surveillance prior to intruding soils in the Streeterville Area.
Underground Storage Tank Permit
Information about applying for an underground storage tank permit and application forms can be found here.
Understand Health Code Requirements for Food Establishments
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is committed to protect the public's health by conducting science-based inspections of all food establishments.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus can cause mild to severe illness. Most people who get infected do not get sick. Some get a mild, flu-like illness. In rarer cases, the virus can affect the brain and spinal cord, and can be fatal.

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