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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Food Protection Program

Food Protection Program
401 5th Ave, Suite 1100 | Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-263-9566; Toll-free: 800-325-6165, ext. 3-9566

The Food Protection Program reviews and approves construction plans for retail food establishments in King County; such as restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, school cafeterias and mobile food vehicles. The Food Protection Program also reviews applications for farmer's markets, temporary food booths as well as feeding programs for the needy.

NOTICE: NEW temporary event and farmers market fees and permits.
  • Permit categories based on food handling
  • New options for multiple events to provide cost savings
  • New blanket permit for one-time events
  • Multiple and unlimited permits (moderate and complex food handling) require a Certified Booth Operator at each event
  • New certified booth operator permit

Types of food establishments

Select a type of food establishment that best describes your business to learn more about how to obtain a food business permit:

Other types of food establishments
Food worker cards
  • Food worker card class and test
    All employees of a food establishment including cooks, bartenders, servers, hosts, bus persons, etc. are required to obtain a Washington State Food Worker Card. You can take the class and test conveniently online or go to any of our in-person classes.

  • Meat cutter license
    If your job requires the cutting of fresh beef, veal, lamb and/or pork within a meat establishment you will need to pass an exam to obtain a personal occupational Meat Cutter license in addition to the Food Worker Card exam.

Additional resources