Applications and Resources
The Yakima Health District's Food Safety Program works with local food businesses, state and federal government regulators, and our community to reduce the rate of foodborne illness in our region. The Food Safety Program oversees plan reviews, inspections, complaints and foodborne illness outbreaks in food and beverage establishments like restaurants, wineries, grocery stores, convenience stores, and schools. For information on services, or general questions, contact one of our skilled Environmental Health Specialists through the Environmental Health Help Desk at (509) 249-6508 or YHD.Help.Desk@co.yakima.wa.us.
Completed applications may be submitted via email to the EH Help Desk and payment will be collected over the phone (4% charge on all credit card transactions) OR submitted via mail to: Yakima Health District, 1210 Ahtanum Ridge Dr., Union Gap, WA 98903.
DUE TO COVID-19, OUR LOBBY IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED BY OFFICE DROP-BOX, EMAIL OR MAIL AT THIS TIME.
To apply for a New Food and Beverage License, complete and submit all the required documents as described in the guide below at least 30 days before you plan to operate. The plan review process should take place before any construction so that we may advise you on requirements. Payment is required at the time of application submission. Please read the guide below for more information on the process.
A license must be obtained from the Yakima Health District to operate any mobile food service units in Yakima County. To apply for a New Mobile Food Unit (i.e. food truck), complete and submit all the required documents as described in the guide below. Payment is required at the time of application submission.
Due the limited space and capacity of mobile food units, a commissary kitchen is required for preparation and storage of food products and the mobile unit by the WA State Retail Food Code. See the "Applying for a New Mobile Unit Guide" below for information on commissary kitchen requirements.
Complete and submit this application to permit your temporary food event (TFE) or seasonal food service, such as a farmers market or sports concession. Under a "TFE Permit", the approved vendor may serve at a fixed location for 21 consecutive days. Under the "Seasonal/Concession Permit", the approved vendor may serve at a fixed event for the duration of the predetermined schedule of the event less than 6 months out of the year. Applications must be submitted with payment at least 7 days prior to the event or a $50.00 late fee will incur. Applications will not be accepted within 48 hours of the event.
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