Retail Food Establishments


Food safety is serious business in Texas. Our efforts are dedicated toward elimination of food borne illness in the Lone Star State through personal and professional excellence. This endeavor requires the help of all public health regions, state and federal agencies, local and city health departments, private industry, and the public. Through teamwork and diligent effort, we can accomplish our mission, "to protect the public health through the efficient operation of a comprehensive, progressive retail food protection program focusing on education, training, and oversight, which will ultimately reduce the potential for food borne illness in Texas."


The NEW Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) go into effect on October 11, 2015.  In order to find a copy of the new Rules, please visit our Laws and Rules page, along with the Guidance and Publications page, where you will find updated Regulatory Clarifications and Guidance Documents for use with the new TFER.

For a list of educational opportunities for the new Texas Food Establishment Rules, please visit the Training Schedule.  This is a revolving training schedule and additions will be made as needed.


Food service establishments are classified in the following areas:

See the permitting requirements page for descriptions of each establishment type, as well as an overview of licensing options and associated fees.

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Contact Information

For General Program Assitance

Email: Retail Food Service Establishments Program
Phone: (512) 834-6753
Fax: (512) 834-6683

For Licensing and Permitting Assistance

Email: Foods Licensing Group
Phone: (512) 834-6626
Fax: (512) 834-6618

Mailing addresses may be found on the contact page.

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Last updated October 21, 2015