McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health
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Ordinances & Laws

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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.  For more information on any article of the Ordinance, please click "Public Health Ordinance" on the left menu bar of this page.


The Environmental Health Division may also have responsibilities in regard to County Ordinances that are approved by the McHenry County Board, but are not included as part of the Public Health Ordinance.

County Ordinances
Municipal Waste Hauler Licensing Ordinance [PDF]
Conservation Design Addendum to the McHenry County Subdivision Ordinance [PDF]
Residential Recycling Ordinance [PDF]
Pollution Control Facility Siting Ordinance [PDF]
Ordinance Establishing Groundwater Monitoring & Protection at Earth Materials Extraction Sites [PDF]
Ordinance Designating the exclusive collector of solid waste, recyclables, and yard waste in certain areas of unincorporated McHenry County [PDF]

Please note that there are multiple other governmental agencies at the state and federal levels that regulate various Environmental Health concerns.  Below are links to some of those agencies.  Department staff can provide assistance in determining the applicable agency to address a specific concern.

State & Federal Laws
 Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
 Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
 Illinois Department of Agriculture
 U.S. Department of Agriculture
 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

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