Food Safety Program


In Snohomish County, our mission is to improve theFood_NewFoodCodeChanges Opens in new window health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Snohomish County has approximately 3500 permitted retail food establishments. The Food Program provides food safety education and inspections of those permitted facilities. Our priority is always education. We want to help the public understand their role in keeping food safe and the ways to do that. 

The Food Program helps to lower the incidence of foodborne illness and injury through surveillance, inspection, education, assessment, enforcement, and plan reviews of retail food establishments. For more information on any of our services, click the icons below.

Food Worker Cards
Inspections and Closures
Food Permits
Starting a Food Business
Food Illness and Complaints
Food Safety Resources

Food Advisory Committee

The Food Advisory Committee (FAC) meets once a quarter to review what is happening at the Snohomish County Health Department and in the Food Program. This is a chance for the food service industry to have input. We value your opinions and insights. Many of our decisions are guided by this committee. If you think you would like to join the committee, please email us at to indicate your interest and your background. We want to have a wide representation of industry participating on this committee.

FAC Meeting Minutes

To review the most recent FAC meeting minutes, click here.


Each year food service establishments are nominated for excellence by their County inspectors. These may be facilities that consistently meet or exceed food safety standards. They may be a facility that worked hard and took steps to improve. There are 6 categories; Full Menu Establishment, Fast Service Establishment, Limited Menu Establishment, Temporary Food Establishment, Large Grocery Chain, and School/Industrial/Institution Kitchen.

The 2022 Excellence Award winners

On behalf of the Snohomish County Health Department, thank you for making safe food handling practices a priority in your establishment! You have made a valuable contribution to the prevention of food-borne illnesses in Snohomish County.

Excellence Awards Chart 2022