A caterer is a person or company providing food at a social event or other gathering. They might work out of an approved commissary kitchen or their own permitted food service establishment kitchen. A caterer must be licensed with a catering permit to serve food in Snohomish County. A caterer licensed with a permit from another county can also serve in Snohomish County.
Licensed caterers in Snohomish County must:
- Have a catering permit that is separate from their restaurant permit.
- Prepare food in a kitchen that is approved and regularly inspected by the Snohomish County Health Department or the county that they are permitted by.
- Be trained to handle food safely and have their Food Workers Card.
- Have the proper equipment to transport and serve food safely.
List of Currently Permitted Caterers
STARTING A CATERING BUSINESS
When starting a NEW catering business, you must go through our plan review process before you can obtain the operating permit. There are 2 types of catering businesses. The first is a caterer who works out of a commissary kitchen and is just catering, not also running a food service establishment. For a new catering business not associated with their own permitted food service establishment, use General Food Plan Review Application Packet (PDF).
The second type of catering business is when a permitted food service establishment also offers catering services. They need to pay for a catering endorsement, as well as their annual permit. For a new catering endorsement, use Remodel Revision Plan Review Application Packet (PDF).
CATERER ANNUAL PERMIT FEES
Catering permit fees depend on the type of food that will be prepared and served.
|Low risk annual permit||$400.00|
|Medium risk annual permit||$600.00|
|High risk annual permit||$830.00|
|Catering endorsement fee||$205.00|