Food Business Overview


Food service businesses in Washington County must be licensed by the Environmental Health Program. Licensed food service facilities include operations that provide food to the public for immediate consumption. The Environmental Health Program licenses facilities such as restaurants, temporary food booths, mobile food units, commissaries, warehouses, and vending machines.

Annual licenses expire on December 31 of every calendar year and are not transferable from one person to another. 

Restaurant Inspection Scores are public record. A restaurant must receive a score of 70 to pass the inspection. Consumers can find a sign at the restaurant entrance that indicates if a restaurant passed the most recent inspection. 

For more information about the food code, visit the Food Code Adoption page.