Tribal Bait Harvest Site Certificate and Bait Harvest Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
The Department of Health (DOH) Commercial Shellfish Licensing & Certification Program is responsible for certifying Washington state commercial shellfish operation sites that are commercially harvested. A variety of species are harvested commercially in Washington's Puget Sound and coastal regions, including oysters, clams, mussels, geoduck, and scallops. Since these species are filter feeders capable of concentrating chemicals, bacteria, viruses, or marine biotoxins, an ongoing evaluation of commercial shellfish growing areas, certified harvest sites, and licensed facilities is essential to protect the shellfish-consuming public.
Who issues this permit?
Department of Health
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'Application for Tribal Bait Harvest Site Certification and Bait Harvest Permit' is online and can be accessed at
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
All operations must meet stringent state and federal sanitation standards.
How long will it take to review my application?
Within 14 days of receipt of complete application and all required fees
Where do I submit my application?
Washington State Department of Health
Account Receivable
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98504-7824

Or by email at

If you already have a Shellfish Operation License and want to add more harvest sites, send your application to:

Washington State Department of Health
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Post Office Box 47824
Olympia, WA 98504-7824

Or by email at
What is the appeal process for the permit?
An applicant has the right to an adjudicative proceeding to contest the decision. An adjudicative proceeding is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act Chapter 34.05 RCW.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 34.3
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 56

(Summary results based on 3 submittals in 2020, no data for current year)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 236-3330; or (800) 525-0127 or TTY users dial 711
Department of Health
Office of Environmental Health & Safety
101 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Telephone: (360) 236-3330
Fax: (360) 236-2257
* Permit information last updated 10/20/2022