Under the provisions set forth in the Effingham County Food Ordinance and the IDPH Food Service Sanitation Code, the Health Department’s Food Protection Program is responsible for permitting, regulating, and inspecting food establishments operating in Effingham County. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness and to promote safe food practices within the community. This goal is realized by surveying food operation procedures and by educating food handlers and the public on food safety.
Opening a Food Service Establishment in Effingham County – The Division of Environmental Health welcomes new food service establishments to Effingham County. Before your Food Service Establishment can begin operation, you must complete a Plan Review, obtain an Effingham County Food Service Establishment Operating Permit, and pass a Pre-Opening Inspection. We encourage you to contact us early in the planning process.