Opening a New Food and Beverage Establishment

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. Be sure to research the WA State Retail Food Code to learn about the requirements of food service establishments in Washington State. For more information, visit the "Applications & Resources" page or contact 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 ARE ONLY ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL OR MAIL AT THIS TIME.

Applying for a New Establishment Guide
Risk-Based Categorization Guide
New Establishment Plan Review Packet (Eng/Sp)
Food and Beverage License Application - English
Food and Beverage License Application - Spanish
Catering Endorsement or Operation Guide


Opening a Mobile Food Unit

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 at least 30 days before you plan to operate. 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.


Some mobile units must be inspected by WA Dept. of Labor & Industries to obtain food license, visit their website for information. Be sure to also research "Subpart 9" on page 111 of the WA State Retail Food Code to learn about the requirements specific to mobile food units in Washington State.


Applying for a New Mobile Unit Guide
Mobile Unit Plan Review Packet (Eng/Sp)

Food and Beverage License Application - English
Food and Beverage License Application - Spanish