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We offer permit financial relief to Pierce County food establishments

2020 was a tough year for many of our food establishments. 2021 holds promise of better days, but we don’t know when we’ll be able to crowd our favorite restaurants again. 

We work closely with our partners in the food service industry to keep you safe from foodborne illness. We know how hard the pandemic is for many of them. We want to make sure the fees they pay us to ensure safe food don’t add one more problem to their growing list of hardships.

This time of year, our food service establishments pay for food permits. Permits pay the cost for our staff to:

  • Teach and certify people to safely serve food.
  • Inspect and teach to make sure food is safely stored, handled, cooked and served.
  • Investigate foodborne illness outbreaks.

We’re adjusting the way we collect these fees because we want to help restaurants make it through the pandemic. We’re offering:

Extended due dates.

  • All facilities have 30 extra days to pay for permits.
  • If your facility has experienced a financial hardship because of temporary closures, limits to seating or other effects of COVID-19, you can request an additional 90 days. Send requests to

Waived late fees.

  • Facilities temporarily closed because of COVID-19 can request a late-fees waiver until they re-open. Send requests to


  • Facilities closed for 6 or more consecutive months in 2020 due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a partial refund.
  • Eligible facilities should send requests to

Find financial assistance.

  • We share federal, state, and local information on financial assistance for food establishments at

Support your favorite local food establishment.

  • They need your business. Order take out today!
  • Buy a T-shirt, mug or other company branded merchandise.
  • Order a gift card and save it for later. 


We understand food establishments and other businesses are struggling to get through the pandemic. We also know the special role restaurants play to bring our community together at the same table. This relief is another way we show our commitment to help food establishments get through this difficult time. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 information for food establishments webpage or call us at (253) 649-1417. 

A food establishment permit.