Winnebago County Health Department

As your health department, we offer a variety of wellness and
environmental health services to all Winnebago County residents.
For your good health and that of our community, we provide numerous programs focused
on wellness promotion throughout each life stage, injury and violence prevention,
disease prevention, disaster preparedness and response and environmental safety.



The Winnebago County Health Department will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25. The Department will reopen on Friday December 26 at 8:00 am.


News from the Environmental Health Office Regarding the Cupcake Law:  

The Cupcake law was signed into effect in June of 2014. The law states that 'The Cupcake Law applies only to a home kitchen operation located in a municipality, township, or county where the local governing body has adopted an ordinance authorizing the direct sale of baked goods as described in Section 4 of this Act.'

Winnebago County has not adopted an ordinance allowing direct sale of home baked goods. So, the Cupcake Law is not valid in Winnebago County. Consequently, if a person wishes to conduct a bakery/food business out of the home, a separate kitchen within the home must be constructed for that purpose. The separate kitchen must meet all the requirements of a commercial food establishment. Zoning approval and Building Department permits are required. Please contact your local Building and Zoning Departments for more information.
For approval of a home kitchen, a floor plan must be submitted to WCHD for review and pay a plan review fee of $285.
The Plan Review Process:

  • Submit Plan 
  • Health Department Preliminary Inspection
  • Apply for Annual Food/Beverage Permit ($235 - $450)
  • Building Department & Fire Department Final Inspections
  • Health Department Final Inspection

Please contact the Winnebago County Health Department Environmental Health Office at 815-720-4100 for additional information. (12/9/2014)

Warming Centers for Winnebago and Boone Counties
The City of Rockford Human Services Department, a Community Action Agency, announces the availability of warming centers in Winnebago and Boone counties during the 2014-2015 winter season.

Ebola Information Page

 Enterovirus Information

Winnebago County Health Department - Health Alert 9/11/14
Winnebago County Health Department Enterovirus Fact Sheet 
Community Sees Increase in Children with Rhinovirus 
Enterovirus D68 - CDC 
Entrerovirus News Release and FAQ's - Illinois Department of Public Health


Raw Milk Information

 Raw Milk Fact Sheet

Illinois Medical Cannabis Program - Information Resources
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, Illinois  62761-0001
Telephone: (855) 636-3688 
Frequently Asked Questions

Winnebago County Receives Gold Recognition by the Illinois Department of Public Health "Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation"

After Hours Emergency Contact
To contact the Winnebago County Health Department after hours for please call 815-720-4000.