Wells County

Health Department

223 W Washington St
Suite 202
Bluffton, IN 46714
Mon-Fri: 8AM-4:30PM
Lunch Hour 12PM-1PM
(260) 824-6489
(260) 824-8803
Kay F. Johnson, MD, MPHHealth Officer

Dr. Johnson began her duties as Health Officer in May of 2010.  She is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and is certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Johnson also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and has public health experience working with the State of Connecticut Department of Health Services.

Administrator and Vital Records
Sahara Wall, AdministratorVital Records Registrar
Lynn Blevins, LPNPublic Health Nurse
Ryan BennettEnvironmental Health Specialist Septic and Food Division
Kathy FeherClerical Assistant

The Health Department can be contacted at (260-824-6489) and someone will assist you.

Food Division

The Food Division of the Wells County Health Department is responsible for permitting and inspecting retail food establishments/bed and breakfast establishments, as well as conducting food-borne illness investigations, responding to consumer complaints, and reviewing plans for food establishments that are opening or remodeling within Wells County.  Food Establishment inspections are conducted in an educational manner to ensure the staff fully understands the importance of promoting sanitary conditions in the food establishment, and to ensure that they are providing consumers with safe food.

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, help prevent more illness: call or email the Health Department! Complete the Consumer Illness Complaint form and fax, email  or mail it to the Health Department at 223 W. Washington Street, Bluffton, IN 46714

Food Permit Applications
Permit Fee Schedule

Retail Food Establishment – $100.00 per year
Mobile Food Establishment – $35.00 per year
Seasonal Food Establishment – $50.00 per six (6) mo.
Limited Food Permit – $35.00 per year
Temporary Food Establishment – $5.00 per day
Bed & Breakfast Establishment – $35.00 per year
Vending Permit – $20.00 per location, not to exceed $100.00

Any new Retail Food Establishments (this includes new permits for change of ownership or location) required after September 30 of the calendar year – $50.00 for remainder of year                                                                                               

A late fee of $20.00 per day of operation will be assessed for failure to pay the permit fee prior to operation of the food establishment, or for failure to renew a permit before the close of business on the Health Department’s last working day of the year.

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