Grease Trap Requirements for Bellingham Food Establishments

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Anyone in a food-related industry should assume that their business will require a grease trap. This is mostly true, but it’s a bit more complex than that. We explain the grease trap requirements for small business owners as outlined under Seattle law.

Does My Business Require a Grease Trap?

Most establishments that serve food or beverages will require a grease trap. However, there are some exceptions, which we will explore.

If you run a yogurt shop, for instance, it may not require a grease trap if the yogurt is fat-free and the treat is served in disposable cups and utensils. Likewise, an ice cream shop will not require a grease trap unless the food is made on-site. For a café, you will not need a grease trap unless the menu includes espresso coffee.

For the aforementioned establishments, keep in mind that if you serve additional items, such as baked goods, then you will need a grease trap.

Grease Trap Requirements Under Bellingham Law

Ultimately, Bellingham Public Utilities have the final say regarding whether your business requires a grease trap. If one is required, you will need to install one as you apply for a plumbing permit. Refer to the city’s Uniform Plumbing Code regarding size and fitting requirements.

Bellingham law also recommends the 25% rule regarding grease trap maintenance. That is, you should schedule a cleaning once fat and oil fill up 25% of the holding tank.

What are the consequences of not installing a grease trap? The Bellingham / Whatcom County Public Health Department can close down your business until you comply.

We Clean Commercial Grease Traps

Grease trap cleaning is in no way a DIY endeavor. Call Lil John Sanitary Services for grease trap servicing and maintenance of additional on-site systems, such as portable toilets and septic tanks. Grease trap requirements are quite stringent; be sure you are following regulations to the letter.

Grease Trap Cleaning for Bellingham Food Services

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