Exemptions

Temporary Food Establishment Permits

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.

Food Items Exempt from Rules vs. Exempt from Permit

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.


Exempt Food Items

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.

  • Popcorn and flavored popcorn, (including kettle corn), prepared from commercially packaged, non-potentially hazardous* ingredients.
  • Cotton candy
  • Dried herbs and spices processed in an approved facility.
  • Crushed ice drinks, containing only non-potentially hazardous food* ingredients and dispensed from a self-contained machine that makes its own ice. However, a permit is required for drinks containing potentially hazardous food, snow cones and shaved ice.
  • Corn on the cob cooked and served within 30 minutes
  • Whole peppers roasted and served within 30 minutes
  • Roasted nuts, peanuts and roasted candy-coated nuts
  • Chocolate-dipped ice cream bars, prepared from pre-packaged ice cream bars produced in a food processing plant
  • Chocolate-dipped bananas, prepared from bananas peeled and frozen in an approved facility
  • Individual samples of non-potentially hazardous* sliced fruits and vegetables.

*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


Food Items Not Exempt?

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 (SRHD).

To learn more about how to obtain a Temporary Food Establishment permit, please click here