Opening a Food Business

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

Follow these 4 steps to get started:

1) Food Plan Review Application Process and Fees

2) Obtain Water and Sewer Approval

3) Food Plan Review Application

4) Complete Additional Questions
There are additional questions for certain types of facilities. These questions help us review your application. Complete each of the forms that apply to your food establishment to avoid a delay in your approval.

Catering–Complete these questions if you will offer catering.

Mobile Unit–Complete these questions if your food establishment will be a mobile cart, mobile trailer or mobile truck.

Vending machines that sell food or beverages that require temperature control for safety.
Vending machines that contain unpackaged food or beverages.

You must submit a complete application packet including appropriate plan review fee(s). Plan review fees are non-refundable.

Consultations are available in 30 minute increments (by appointment or on a walk-in basis) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Applications are accepted in person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by mail to:

Food & Community Safety
Attn: Plan Review
3629 South D Street, MS 1059
Tacoma, WA 98418-6813

For questions or additional information about this process, please call the Plan Review line at (253) 798-4711.