Food Safety

Northeast Tri County Health District's food safety program provides resources on food safety rules and regulations, permits, and food borne illnesses and complaints. 

Food Illness & Complaints

Inspectors investigate and respond to complaints related to food borne illness and potential violations. Please report any potential food borne illness that may be related to a public food source such as a restaurant, grocery store, or public event to help us prevent additional cases of illness.


Caterers who serve food to the public need to obtain a food permit through the Northeast Tri County Health District to ensure safe handling of foods and the use of an approved commercial kitchen.

Food Worker Cards and Certified Managers  

Course information for food worker cards and the certified food protection management course.

Farmers Markets

Guidelines for coordinators and vendors to safely manage and operate within the local farmers market.

Food Establishment Inspections

Northeast Tri County Health District inspectors perform routine inspections of all retail food establishments to help ensure that food is stored, prepared, and handled in a safe and sanitary manner according to State regulations. Inspectors work in partnership with food establishment managers to help inform, answer questions, and provide input towards the success of their business.

Starting a Food Business 

Prior to opening a new food establishment, the Washington State Retail Food Code requires that plans are reviewed and approved by the local health jurisdiction to initiate safe and successful operating procedures.

Temporary Food Booths

Operating a temporary food booth at an event such as the county fair or rodeo, requires an application for a temporary event food permit. Review guidelines and apply for a temporary event food permits here.

Food Rules & Regulations

Guidance for operating a food establishment in compliance with the Washington State Retail Food Code.

Food Safety Resources

Access helpful food safety resources.