Seattle is a hotbed of exciting and successful restaurants. This guide makes it easier to navigate through the regulations and requirements you’ll face as you start or grow your restaurant or mobile food business in the welcoming, thriving city we call home!
This guide is a general overview of what to expect when starting or growing a restaurant or mobile food business in the City of Seattle. Every restaurant and mobile food business is unique, so your situation may result in slightly different timeframes, costs, and specific requirements.
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Mobile Food Vending
The process for opening a mobile food vending business has different requirements and regulations. Check out our Mobile Food Vending page for more information.
The City of Seattle, King County, State of Washington and the restaurant community are working together to improve the regulatory experience of starting and operating restaurants in Seattle. We’re here to help! This guide clarifies the city, county, state, and federal requirements you’ll face as you prepare for your first customers.
We’re also working to reduce conflicting or overlapping requirements – all while continuing to protect the health and safety of your customers and employees.
We want to hear about your experience starting and growing a Seattle restaurant: contact Jennifer Tam at the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, (206) 684-3436 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.