Prior to construction or remodeling, food service establishments must submit detailed design plans and equipment specifications to the Cowlitz County Health Department for approval. An environmental health specialist reviews these plans and specifications for compliance to WAC 246-215.
Plan review submittals require information on floor plans, site plans, menus, methods of food preparation, kitchen equipment, ventilation, bathroom facilities, and provision of approved water and sewage disposal.
After approval and when construction is complete, a pre-opening inspection is conducted to assure that the facility is in compliance with the approved plans and food service safety regulations (WAC 246-215). Based upon compliance, a food establishment permit is issued and the business may open.
Plan review application packets, regulations and annual permit applications may be obtained online or at the health department during normal business hours. The packet includes instructions, a FAQ section, a plan review checklist, some examples and a plan review receipt form. There is a fee for both the plan review and permit applications.