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What You Need to Know

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More than 60 Health Department staff are activated in response to COVID-19 and are working to keep Pierce County healthy. Because of this demand on our staff, services like application processing and approvals, may be delayed due to temporary staff reassignment.

Tips to operate a food business in Pierce County.

Selling or closing your food business? Changing your menu or equipment? Read below to find out what you need to do.


If your food business is closing, fill out a Closure Statement. Email it to or mail or bring it in to the Health Department.

Changing ownership?

Food Establishment Permits are not transferable to different owners or locations. New food business owners must come to the Health Department and:

Changing menu or equipment?

When you change your menu or equipment, the Health Department must review and approve your plan before you make changes. See our Plan Review information.

Renewing your permit?

Food establishment permits are valid Feb. 1 through Jan. 31 each year. Permit renewal invoices are mailed mid-Dec. and are due Feb. 1. You can:

  • Pay online with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • By mail with business check or money order.
  • In person with cash, business check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.

We will mail your permit once all your outstanding invoices are paid. Post your permit where customers can see it.

Paying an invoice?

To pay any Health Department invoice, you can:

  • Pay online with Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • Mail a check or money order.
  • Bring in cash, business check, money order, Visa or MasterCard.


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