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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.
Permit Fee Extension for Retail Food Establishments

Public Health – Seattle & King County recognizes that retail food service establishments are financially impacted by measures to control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID‐19). To address some of the financial challenges faced by business owners and their employees, Public Health is taking steps, effective immediately. Learn more.


Select a type of establishment that best describes your business to learn more about how to obtain a food business permit:


Minimize the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in retail food establishments

Food has not been identified as a likely source of COVID-19 infection at this time; however food businesses can play an important role in both protecting their employees and their customers from coronavirus infection by following these personal and environmental hygiene practices.

CBDs (cannabidiol) in food and beverages

Recently there has been interest from food establishment operators in selling food and beverage products with industrial hemp and its derivatives such as cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. Federal and State laws do not permit the manufacture and retail sales of CBD as a food ingredient in foods and beverages for sale in retail food establishments.

Therefore, in King County, the addition of CBD to food and beverages is prohibited until further guidance and approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Washington Department of Health.

This means that operators may not add CBD to food or beverages, nor may they obtain products containing CBD for resale in any retail food establishment in King County, including restaurants, coffee shops, cafeterias, grocery stores, or at temporary food events and farmers markets.

There are also regulations related to the manufacturing for wholesale and/or interstate shipping of food and beverage products containing CBD. This is regulated in Washington state by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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