Establishment Licensing

All food establishments need to have a license through the Kankakee County Health Department. This includes starting a new establishment, or a change of ownership for an existing establishment. We encourage food establishment owners contact us early on to review plans and process the license application.

Plan Review Process 

If you are looking to open a new food establishment please fill out the Plan Review Application (below). Please submit your plan review via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fees may also be paid by mail in check, or in person at the health department.

pdf Click here to view all fee schedules


Change of Ownership

If you are looking to take over ownership and/or control of an existing business please fill out our Change of Ownership Form (below). You would also need to submit a new license application for the establishment with the new updated information and pay the appropriate fee (see fee schedule for risk based fee).  

What constitutes an ownership change:

  • Corporation name change only - No
  • New Partner - Yes
  • New Owner - Yes
  • Change in Type of ownership - Yes

You may also mail in your application and fees to the address below:

KANKAKEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
ATTN: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
2390 W. STATION ST.
KANKAKEE, IL, 60901

pdf Plan review packet

pdf Food license application

pdf Change of ownership

All active food establishment must apply for a new food license annually. Applications are due by January 1st. Applications received after January 15th will be charged a late fee of $50.00; after January 30th a late fee of $100.00 will be assessed.  

Please fill out the application (below) and email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You may also mail in your application and fees to the address below: 

KANKAKEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
ATTN:ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
2390 W. STATION ST.
KANKAKEE, IL 60901

pdf Food license application