Winnebago County Health Department

Neighborhood Environmental

Neighborhoods

The Winnebago County Health Dept. has 5 full time inspectors in the Neighborhoods Program.  Inspections for housing and nuisance complaints are checked within 5 working days of receipt. The WCHD receives approximately 1,500 complaints yearly on average, resulting in about 8,000 inspections/re-inspections annually.

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The Neighborhoods Environmental Health Division protects neighborhoods from any unhealthy, unsafe and blight conditions in the County by inspection for:

 
     1)  Inoperable Vehicles 
          * Inoperable or in need of repair
          * A safety hazard for children
          * A possible home for rodents
          * A neighborhood blight
 
     2)  Rubbish (old furniture, appliances, etc.) 
          * Tree stumps, limbs, yard waste
          * Scrap building materials
          * Furniture and appliances
          * Tires
 
     3)  Garbage 
          * Garbage is refuse resulting from cooking (open cans, fruit and vegetable waste and any leftovers).
 
          * Metal or plastic containers are recommended, but plastic bags properly tied are acceptable if kept inside until the night before collection day.
 
     4)  Open Burning 
          * There is no burning allowed within 1 mile of the Rockford City limits.
 
For additional rules and regulations and certain restrictions, contact your local municipality.
 
     5)  Manure 
          * Should be picked up daily
 
Another service the Neighborhood Division offers is the handling of housing complaints.  These include:
 
     A)  Substandard and/or unsafe housing
     B)  Insect and/or rodent infestation
     C)  Unsanitary living conditions
     D)  Lead based paint
 
The Neighborhood Environmental Health Division enforces the Winnebago County Code.  A complete listing of the Housing Code can be found in Chapter 18, Artcle IV. http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=12529&sid=13
 
For complaints within Winnebago County (but outside Rockford City Limits), call:  (815) 720-4100.