205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
All retail food establishments in Kittitas County, whether temporary or permanent, are annually permitted and inspected in accordance with WAC 246-215. All efforts are made to ensure safe food for the public. If you see a problem or have a complaint about a food establishment, contact this department for investigation and follow-up. All complaints regarding potential foodborne illnesses are recorded and investigated.
The Environmental Health specialist conducts design reviews and consultations for new or remodeled food service establishments.
New or remodeled food service establishments must submit an application for a permit at least 30 days before the planned opening of
the establishment (WAC 246-215-08310). To apply for a food service permit or temporary food service permit,
visit the Environmental Health Office in person at the address provided
below. For your convenience, the permit application and supporting documents,
which outline the application process, are provided above.
Kittitas County Public Health Office
507 N Nanum St Suite 102
Ellensburg, WA 98926
A Food Handler Permit is required by law to work in a food establishment in the county. To obtain this
permit, food establishment
employees must complete a food handler's course and pass a test. This process takes approximately one
hour, depending on
the person. New food establishment employees have 14 days in which to meet this state requirement for
The food handler's course and test is now available online at www.foodworkercard.wa.gov/.
Make sure you choose Kittitas County as your county of residence.
If you don't have access to a computer with internet and a printer there are several places in the county where you can use a computer:
Monday & Friday 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 3 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM
Monday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Thursday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Monday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: & Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 2 PM
If you need special accommodations for taking the food handler's course, please contact us at 509-962-7515
to discuss options.
If you have additional questions or want more information on foodborne illness, please contact us at 509-962-7515
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.