Restaurant Technical Guides
Backflow and Cross-Connection Prevention
Many commercial uses require backflow or cross-connection prevention. State and local laws require that you install and maintain a backflow prevention device on your water service line and have it inspected yearly by a certified tester. Additional backflow prevention is required within restaurants at locations such as dishwashers and soda dispensers. View general information regarding backflow and cross-connection prevention.
Restaurants or commercial kitchens, including coffee kiosks, that discharge food grease to the sewer system require a grease trap or interceptor. For additional information contact the City Grease Trap program staff. For properties located:
West of Andresen Rd.
East of Andresen Rd.
More Questions? Indirect Drains? Type I Hoods? Other?
I have my business plan. Now what?
Prior to purchasing a building or signing a lease, contact the City of Vancouver’s Community Development Department (CDD) and determine what will need to be done to the site and building to allow restaurant use.
City Small Business Assistance Program
City Permit Center – Online Anytime
Get Started with your Application
Virtual Appointments: Tuesday, Thursday
In-person service: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
415 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
What permits/licenses do I need?
City zoning, building, fire and sign permits and a City business license
A food license permit, plus other applications and forms from the Clark County Public Health Department (www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/food-service-establishment)
A business license from Washington State Labor and Industries (business.wa.gov)
A Washington state liquor license, if you will be serving alcohol (lcb.wa.gov/licensing/apply-liquor-license)
Do I need a design professional?
You may need to hire a design professional based on the scope of work for your project. Contact the City Permit Center to find out.
What type of plans do I need to submit?
- Complete floor plans
- Kitchen equipment layout, including all equipment specifications
- Mechanical Plan
- Type I or Type II Hood, including a Roof Plan
- Plumbing plans
What is the process after I submit my plans?
Multiple departments will review your application and plans:
- Building safety
- Sewer system development fee review
Further information may be required. After your fee is paid, your permit will be issued.
I have a permit. What’s next?
- Read all permit documents for inspection schedules
- Begin construction/renovation work
- Schedule inspections according to permit document
All final inspections are approved
Obtain your Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) or a temporary C.O.
Am I ready to open my restaurant?
- Health Department approval
- Business licenses
- Post your occupancy permit
- Check in with our Business Assistance Program for help with promotions and to get connected with business assistance resources