Starting a Food Business


Prior to opening a new food establishment or making changes to an existing food establishment in Snohomish County, the Washington State Retail Food Code requires that plans be reviewed and approved by Snohomish Health District. This multi-step review process will help ensure that your plans and equipment meet state and local health requirements.

We accept applications in person, by mail or online.
Snohomish Health District
Attn: Food Section Plan Review
3020 Rucker Avenue
Suite 104
Everett, WA 98201-3900

Current turnaround times

  • Food plan review: 6 weeks

New Restaurant

New Mobile Unit

(Already permitted in King or Pierce County? Please see submit the items on the following checklist.)

Tasting, Tap room, Limited Grocery

New Food Stand Concession

Remodel A Food Service Establishment / Revise an Approved Plan

Revisions include changing menu, equipment, layout of kitchen, or adding catering or specialized processes.

Changing Ownership

In Snohomish County, food establishment permits are not transferable from one operator/owner to another. Prior to taking over an existing food business, submit the change of ownership application.