Food Safety Program

Washington State Food Code Revision

The Washington State Board of Health is updating our Retail Food Code to ensure it addresses current foodborne illness risks and best methods of prevention. For more information on this process, proposed changes, and how you can get involved, please visit

Food Worker Cards

Food worker cards can be obtained online at Please call 360-740-1231 if you have any questions or concerns.

Study guides are available on the DOH Website.

Lewis County Food Safety Program Policy and Procedures


If you would like to open a new grocery store, restaurant, or other type of food service establishment, please contact (360) 740-1222 to request an application packet. The packet includes instructions for completing the process, but if you have additional questions, it may help to speak with a health inspector. Application packets should be submitted at least 30 days before you plan to operate to allow time for review and any corrections that may be required.


Lewis County is now accepting temporary food establishment applications. In addition to food safety requirements, food vendors and events must meet all state Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the event.

Temporary Food Establishment Requirements

Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application

Washington State Food Worker Manual

Completed applications may be submitted directly to our office or faxed to 360-740-1438.

Some foods may be offered without a permit, as long as a few simple food safety steps are followed. Please submit the following form to our office if you'd like to serve one of these items.

Permit Exemption Application

If you would like to provide samples of commercially prepared foods that do not require refrigeration, like cookies or candies, please submit the following Courtesy Application. There is no charge for this.

Courtesy Application

Food Establishment Inspection Scores