To apply for a Commercial Shellfish Harvester license, complete the electronic forms listed below, print, then sign and date where indicated. Make a copy of all documents for your records and mail the originals, with the appropriate License and Biotoxin Fee (PDF), to:
Department of Health, Accounts Receivable
PO Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98504-1099
We cannot process unsigned or incomplete applications. All Harvester licenses expire March 31 of each year and must be renewed by April 1 to remain active.
Complete and send us the following forms:
Complete the Harvest Site Application that applies to you.
- Not a member of a Washington Treaty Tribe: Harvest Site Application (Word)
- Member of a Washington Treaty Tribe: Tribal Harvest Site Application (Word)
Plan to harvest oysters from May through September?
- Vibrio parahaemolyticus Harvest Plan (PDF) - If you intend to harvest oysters from May through September you must complete and return this harvest plan by March 31. You may not harvest shellstock oysters from May through September without a Department of Health approved plan. If your plan hasn't changed from the previous year, sign and date your plan, and keep it for your records.
Keep and review. Do not send us the following documents:
- Commercial Shellfish Harvesting and Cultivating on Private Land (PDF) - Summary of state regulatory requirements and Indian treaty harvest rights.
- General Requirements for Harvester Companies (PDF)
- Harvest Record for Harvester Companies (Word)
- Shellstock Tag Example (PDF)
- Shellstock Bulk Tag Example for Harvesters (PDF)
- Shellfish Operation Licensing and Biotoxin Fees (PDF)
- Training for Shellfish Harvesters - All harvesters must show proof of completed harvester training prior to initial certification and re-certification.