Food Safety

Foodborne illness remains an important public health concern. The CDC estimates there are 48 million cases of foodborne illness each year in the U.S. These illnesses result in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department promotes safe food practices within the community by:

  • Reviewing plans of all new and remodeled food establishments;
  • Educating food workers and the public about food safety;
  • Conducting routine inspections; and
  • Investigating reports of foodborne illness.

The following sections provide you with food safety information and guidelines for operating. If you have questions regarding information on this page, please contact us at (253) 798-6460 or email

Opening a Food Business
Download applications and information related to opening a new food establishment or remodeling an existing facility.

Existing Food Business
Information for existing food establishments including food code updates, how to pay online, change of ownerships and changes to menu or equipment

Temporary Food Establishment
See fee schedule, applications, guidelines and much more.

Farmers Markets and Farm Stands
See fee schedule, application and requirements to operate at a Pierce County farmers market. Check out requirements for opening a farm stand.

Consumer Food Safety
The latest consumer food safety information

Food Establishment Inspection Reports
Past inspection reports for all food establishments in Pierce County

Food Establishment Permit Renewal
Annual operating permits must be renewed by January 31, of each year. Renew your permits online, in person, or by mail. Have your Account ID and Invoice ID handy—you will need these to pay online. See 2014 Fee Schedule.

Food Establishment Regulations
Washington State rules and regulations governing food service operations

Food Managers Course
Current information on certified food managers course, including dates of classes

Food Worker Card Class -Available online!
Information about how to obtain a Washington State food worker card

Foodborne Illness Reporting

Report your illness to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and check out signs and symptoms of food poisoning.

Report Your Concerns
Report unsafe food handling practices.