Permits

Restaurants and other food establishments that serve food to the public have a role to play in keeping people healthy and safe from foodborne illnesses. We work with food establishments to make sure their facilities are safe for preparing and selling food.

  • Businesses, events, community meals, and farmers market booths must have a permit to operate. You can find forms and application materials below.
  • Community meals and food distributions sites need to be approved to operate.
  • Wholesale food processing businesses and cottage food businesses are regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Contact them for more details.
  1. New or Remodeled Food Businesses
  2. New Food Truck or Mobile Food Vending
  3. Farmers Market Vendors
  4. Fairs, Festivals, Fundraisers, & Other Events
  5. Community Meals & Food Donations

New or Remodeled Food Businesses

To start a new food business or remodel one, you'll need to submit a food establishment plan review application.

NOTE: We are currently experiencing a high volume of new applications, resulting in an average 6-8 week wait time for processing. We ask that applicants plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience.

Approval Process

Food business approval is a three-step process:

  1. Plan Review. Submit your application packet to us for review. We review the menu, equipment plan, and food preparation methods to make sure they follow the Washington State rules for food safety. We will work with you until plans are approved. 
  2. Submit an annual operating permit application. Once your plans are approved, you must apply for your annual food establishment permit (your annual operating permit) and pay all fees.
  3. Pre-operational Inspection. After your plans are approved and all permit fees are paid, we will schedule an inspection. This pre-operational inspection ensures that equipment is working properly and is installed as shown in your approved plans.

Be sure to also contact local building and planning departments about their separate review and permit processes.

Forms & Application Materials

Changing Ownership

If you are a new owner of an existing food business, you'll need to complete a change of ownership packet. An operating permit for a food establishment is not transferred from one owner to the next.

NOTE: We are currently experiencing a high volume of new applications, resulting in an average 6-8 week wait time for processing. We ask that applicants plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience. It may take longer if you are making changes to the menu, equipment, or building.

Forms & Application Materials

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