Some food items may be exempt from regulations. Other foods may be exempt from a Temporary Food Establishment permit, but still require application and review by the health district.
To learn more about exemptions, please click here.
The following is a list of food items that may be sold or distributed to the public without a permit. This list is defined in the Washington State Retail Food Code (WAC 246-215). Vendors selling or distributing these products must still meet the provisions of the rules and submit an Application for Exemption from Permit form to the health district for approval prior to operating.
*A potentially hazardous food (PHF) is one that needs to be held hot or cold in order to be safe to eat. Cream pies, cut leafy greens, cut melons, sprouts and cut tomatoes need refrigeration. Chocolate chip cookies, bread, and brownies are some examples of non-potentially hazardous foods.
The approved application must be on site and available at all times during operation
If you plan to offer any food that is not on the above list, be sure to contact the SRHD Food Safety Program for additional requirements
Any person or group serving or distributing non-exempt food in Spokane County must
obtain approval or a permit to operate from the Spokane Regional Health District
To learn more about how to obtain a Temporary Food Establishment permit, please click here.