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 https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/FoodWorkerandIndustry/FoodSafetyRules/FoodCodeRuleRevision.
Health Department Classes: When and Where
The in-person food worker card classes have been canceled until further notice.
Food worker cards can still be obtained online at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov. Please call 360-740-1231 if you have any questions or concerns.
Study guides are available on the DOH Website.
PERMANENT FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
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.
TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
Before applying for a temporary event permit, please contact (360) 740-1222 for information regarding COVID-19 operating requirements or restrictions.
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.
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.