Health Department (This page is under construction)
(39-counties and 36-health jurisdictions): click on county name to be directed to the required mobile food vendor applications and information.
Grays Harbor County
King County - see below for policy questions
Pend Orielle County
Pierce County - see below for additional info
San Juan County
Snohomish County - see below for policy questions
Thurston County - Click here for plan review guide
Walla Walla County
Building a unit with a restroom on board?
See the following code sections from WAC 246-215:
05210, 05215, 05230, 05235, 05255, 05275
Subpart C – Mobile Water Tank and Mobile Food Establishment Water Tank: 05300 thru 05365 AND 05400, 09115, 09135, 09140, 09150
King County Policy Questions
Restroom Agreements: The restroom agreement form is only required if a mobile food unit will be at a location for more than one hour. If the unit will be constantly on the move, there is no requirement to provide proof of access to a restroom. When submitting plans, if the applicant knows that they will be stationary at one or more locations for over an hour; then they need to submit the restroom agreement along with their plans. The health dept. does not require submittal of the restroom agreement to operate at temporary events or farmers markets.
Sign up for King County policy notifications here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/subscriber/new
They do prorate 50% of the operating permit fee half-way thru our permit year (after September 30th). You can track your application on-line through their portal. Here are the directions (from the plan review guide):
Can I Check on the Status of My Plans?
Yes, you may check the status of your plan submittal by visiting the
Environmental Health’s Online Services portal by visiting our website and follow the instructions below.
Seasonal Permits: seasonal permits are for those that only open for set months every year (such as snack shacks that are only open during the summer months). We have 6-month seasonal permits. The permit described below is a permanent annual permit. However the permit is prorated to 50% when business will begin operation on or after October 1st. We also have festival permits where a business can purchase a permit for each event. Our Food Senior may be able to provide more details on this. They can be contacted at 206-263-9566.
Ready for Health Department Inspection: (make sure)
There is an example of a blank inspection form on line along with an explanation of what red & blue violations mean. See http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/system.aspx
There is also a mock inspection that would give a new operator some idea of what an inspection looks like. See http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/inspections/mock1.aspx
Neither of the above are specific to mobiles, they are both generic.
Snohomish County Policy Questions
Questions for permitting and applications:
Michael Johnson, RS | Food Program Supervisor | Environmental Health |Snohomish Health District
Re/ Temporary Event permits - mobiles that are not annually permitted do need to submit the application and fee at least 7 days prior to the event, either by mail, or in person, so that there will be no late fee. Snohomish County annually permitted mobiles, however, do not need to submit an application for every temporary event. They ask that you submit a mobile notification form that just lets them know you'll be there. There is no time requirement to submit that. It could be the day of the event. For all mobiles that are currently annually permitted in Snohomish County, all they need to do to participate in a temporary event is submit the event info (date, location, food service hours) to: MobileItinerary@snohd.org.
Re/ Annual permits in Snohomish County
If you are already permitted in King or Pierce County, you can skip the plan review step in Snohomish. (New Snohomish Policy document below.)
You will need proof of your King or Pierce County plan review approval and your permit. You can request a waiver of the commissary requirement. In order to do this, write up a statement that says where your commissary is and the travel time from it and the county line (you can easily google the address to address and it will give you the miles) and then give them a brief description of your food prep and why having an additional commissary is too costly and unnecessary.
We will continue working on this requirement at the state level. (There is no waiver form, just the statement from you.)
The new permit form can be found here: http://www.snohd.org/Portals/0/Snohd/Food/files/AnnualFoodEstablishmentPermitAppl_EH_2017_fill_1.pdf
Pierce County Policy Questions and Other
Contact Amanda Peters:
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Environmental Health Specialist III
For Vending in the City of Tacoma, please read these new instructions.
Sign up for Health Department notifications including fee notices here: http://www.tpchd.org/email.php