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New Establishment Rules and Regulations

Interested in starting up a restaurant, espresso stand, mobile caterer, or other food service establishment in Whitman County?  See below for information on start up, regulations or requirements and other helpful tips to help with the application process.


1) Food Service Establishment Plan Review Packet (must be completed in full)
2) Application for Permit to Conduct A Food Service Establishment
3) Rules and Regulations for the State of Washington

4) Food and Beverage Workers' Permit/Healthy Worker Manual

5) Sick Employee Policies

*If you are a mobile operator or caterer, please click here for the

Plan Review Process and Mobile Food Service Operation Guidelines*

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Temporary Events & Permits

A temporary food establishment has been defined as:

  • Operating at a fixed location, with a fixed menu, for not more than twenty-one consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration, such as a fair or festival; or

  • Operating not more than three days a week at a fixed location, with a fixed menu, in conjunction with an approved, recurring, organized event, such as a farmers market.

Applying for a Temporary Event Permit

  1. Download the Temporary Event Information Packet.

  2. Return Temporary Event Application and appropriate fees to Whitman County Public Health. 

  3. Post Temporary Event Permit and Sign up sheet (signed by all employees/volunteers) at event.

  4. Follow rules and regulations found in WAC -246-215-Subpart B-Temporary Food Establishments (p.114-115).

  5. Get inspected by an Environmental Health Specialist during your event.

  6. Have Fun!

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