Food Permits

The Snohomish Health District customer service desk is open limited hours for in-person service. The available hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks must be worn, and customers must check in at the screening table and maintain physical distance from others in the building.

This is part of the ongoing effort to reduce spread of COVID-19.

The Snohomish Health District wants to help you get your business up and running with all of the proper permits to ensure your food establishment meets state regulations for food safety. Additional information on permitting for food establishments is contained on the Temporary Food Booths page and on the Starting a Food Business page.

Snohomish County Food Permits & Renewals

In order to operate a food service establishment, you must apply for an annual permit.

Required Establishments

A permit is required for the following establishments: 

  • Bakery
  • Food caterer
  • Food concession stands
  • Grocery
  • Limited groceries
  • Private clubs
  • Restaurants
  • Retail meat/fish dealers
  • Taverns
  • Temporary food booths
  • Vending machines (with potentially hazardous food)

The food service establishment permit is also used for changes in ownership.