Permanent Food Establishments

A permanent food establishment refers to an establishment where food is provided for service directly to the consumer, whether the food is provided free of charge or sold, and whether the food is consumed on or off the premises. The distinguishing feature of permanent food establishments is that they are permanently built according to applicable building codes in a fixed location. This includes but is not limited to restaurants, employee cafeterias, bakeries, pizzerias, bars, grocery stores, convenience stores, drive-thru, take-out, senior centers, emergency food relief organizations, public and non-public schools, or religious, fraternal, and charitable organizations.

Please see the Guidance Manual below and Island County Food Code for additional information related to permanent food establishments.

Food Establishment Guidance Manual

Island County Food Code

Sewer/Septic Guidance for Food Establishments

Find Your Septic Report


To begin the process of obtaining a permit please see the complete application packet below.

Food Establishment Application Packet


Individual food establishment documents and forms are located below.

0.      Checklist

1.      Application

2.      Questionnaire

3.      Source and Menu

4.      Food Process Flows

5.      Plans

6.      Equipment List

7.      Finish Schedule

8.      Water & Wastewater

9.      Catering Operations Checklist

10.  Hot Water & Storage Calculations

      a.      Hot Water Sizing Calculator (Tank)

     b.      Hot Water Sizing Calculator (Tankless)

     c.      Refrigerated & Dry Storage Calculator

 E-mail with questions or to request a pre-application conference.

Donated Food Distributing Organizations

To begin the process of obtaining a permit, please see the complete application and checklist below.