McHenry County Department of Health

Public Health Ordinance

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The Public Health Ordinance has been adopted by the McHenry County Board of Health and the McHenry County Board and sets forth guidelines to protect public health in McHenry County. The Public Health Ordinance is comprised of several Articles, with each Article addressing a separate public health concern. The Public Health Ordinance is applicable to both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County.

General Provisions
Article I
Provides the general authority and enforcement provisions for the Department.

Public Health Nuisance
Article II
Provides the authority to address general, public health based nuisance conditions.

Food
Article III
Provides the requirements for provision of food to the public at the retail level in McHenry County

State of Illinois Rules incorporated by reference:
Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Code 2008

Wastewater and Sewage Treatment and Disposal
Article IV
Provides the requirements for onsite wastewater treatment systems in McHenry County

Private, Semi-Private, Closed Loop and Non-Community Water Supplies
Article V
Provides the requirements related to water supplies other than community water supplies

State of Illinois Rules incorporated by reference:
Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Construction Code
Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well Pump Installation Code

Animal Control
Article VI
Provides requirements related to animals

Public Health Fees
Article VII
Incorporates all public health fees into a single, separate article of the Ordinance to facilitate annual review and updates.

Please note that there are multiple other governmental agencies at the state and federal levels that regulate various Public Health concerns. The list above contains only Articles of the Public Health Ordinance adopted by the McHenry County Board and Board of Health, that is currently in effect. The previous version of the Public Health Ordinance can be viewed here.