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.
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:
Permanent food establishment A permanent food business is an establishment operating at a fixed location for more than twenty-one (21) consecutive days.
Temporary Food Establishments A temporary food business is an establishment operating at a fixed location for not more than twenty-one (21) consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration or operating not more than 3 days a week in conjunction with a recurring organized event.
Mobile Food Establishments Mobile Food Establishments include food carts, trailers, and trucks as well as food kiosks. Before constructing, remodeling, or changing ownership; mobile food establishment owners must submit plans for review and approval.
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.
All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice. For more information, please call 206-296-4600 (voice) or TTY Relay: 711 or toll-free, 800-325-6165. Mailing address: 401 5th Ave., Suite 1300, Seattle, WA 98104 or click here to email us. Because of confidentiality concerns, questions regarding client health issues cannot be responded to by e-mail. Please read the Notice of Privacy Practices. For more information, contact the Public Health Privacy Office at 206-263-8255.