Effective March 1, 2022, the Washington State Department of Health has enacted a new retail food code Chapter 246-215 WAC. Enforcement of these new rule changes will begin September 1, 2022.

A detailed summary of all new rules changes is available here.

Additional Resources

The Washington Hospitality Association (WHA) produced ten short webinars that break down featured topics in the updated food code into “Quick Bites.”

Individual webinars are available below, each covering a different segment of the new food code.

For a more detailed breakdown of new changes to the retail food code, review the Washington State Department of Health’s New Food Code Training presentations, which include the following topics:


The new retail food code requires the following written plans to be kept on premises. The Washington State Department of Health published the templates below for restaurants to use and adapt to their needs. 

Washington Department of Health has additional resources available under Active Managerial Control Materials in the following languages - English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese