Pay Online

We have a new, easy-to-use online payment system!

To pay any invoice with a Visa or MasterCard, all you
need is your account number (example: AR1234567)
and invoice number (example: IN1234567).

Make a Change


If your food establishment is closed or will close soon, complete
a Closure Statement and email it to us at

Change Ownership

Operating permits are not transferable to new owners or locations.
Before opening, new owners must:

If the menu or equipment will change, review is required. See the next section for details.

Change Menu or Equipment

Washington State food safety regulations require food establishments making menu or equipment changes to have their plans reviewed and approved by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department before starting construction or making changes.

  1. Complete a Plan Review Packet.
  2. Bring your completed Plan Review Packet and payment to the Health Department. We accept Plan Review Packets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Or you can mail your completed Plan Review Packet and payment to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, 3629 South D St., Tacoma, WA 98418.


In-person consultations are available in 30 minute increments Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Or give us a call at (253) 798-4711.


Washington State food safety regulations require permits to be posted in a location easily seen by customers. The name of the food business and the name on the permit must be the same.

Operating permits are valid February 1 through January 31 every year. Permits are not transferrable between owners or locations. If your permit is expired or has the wrong name on it, give us a call at (253) 798-6460.


Food inspectors will change field areas soon, so you may see a new face at your next inspection. We encourage you to ask for Health Department identification when an inspector arrives at your facility.


Washington State food safety regulations are contained Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-215. You can view WAC 246-215 online or view WAC 246-215 as a PDF.