Environmental Health Division 401 - 5th Avenue, Suite 1100 [MAP]
Seattle, Washington 98104
Public Health - Seattle & King County's Food Protection Program aims to promote healthy people and healthy communities through education and regulation of food service establishments.
In Seattle and King County, there are about 11,000 "permitted" permanent food establishments, including restaurants, food and espresso carts, coffee shops, delis and the fresh food sections of grocery stores. Each of these establishments has owners, managers and employees who have passed a test on handling food safely and received a food worker card. In addition, Health and Environmental Investigators inspect establishments several times each year and, if requested, offer an educational session for staff.
Learn about Public Health's Restaurant Inspection Reporting System, search the inspection records of King County food establishments, learn about safe food handling practices as well as when and why Public Health closes food establishment.
Information and local contacts for starting and maintaining a food business including catering, mobile food carts, food worker's card, meat wrapper's permit process, food service establishment plan guide and fee table, applications for permanent and temporary food service, and more.
Did you know that bad smell, bad taste and slime are signs that the food has lost its quality, but not that it has the germs to cause foodborne illness? Learn more about common myths about food safety.