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Food Safety

Washington County licenses and inspects food service facilities.

Washington County Environmental Health protects the public's health by preventing and addressing foodborne illness.

Washington County licenses and inspects restaurants, food carts and other food service facilities to make sure they follow Oregon Department of Human Services Food Sanitation Rules.

Food Sanitation Rules (PDF 936.73 KB)

We also provide education to food service operators and issue Food Handler cards.

Food safety inspections include observing kitchen workers' food handling practices, making sure equipment is working properly, measuring food temperatures, inspecting refrigerators and storage areas, assuring safe water availability, verifying the correct concentration and use of sanitizers, and evaluating general cleanliness. Follow-up inspections are conducted as needed.

Online Services

Sign up or log in to pay your license fee online, fill out license and plan review applications, or file a complaint against a licensed facility.

Restaurant Inspection Scores are public record. A restaurant must receive a score of 70 to pass the inspection. Consumers can find a health inspection sign at the restaurant entrance. 

Call 503-846-8722 to file a complaint if you think you became ill after dining out. Staff will conduct an investigation if necessary.

Food Handler Certification - Information and Testing Schedule

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