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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."



Retail Food Establishments and Food Stores

A retail food establishment is any place where food is prepared and intended for individual portion service. This includes the site at which individual portions are provided for consumption on or off the premises and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.

Bed breakfasts with more than 7 rooms, restaurants, bars, cafes, snack bars, hospitals that serve food to the general public, correctional facilities (jails) that contract with professional food management corporations for food preparation, and privately-owned correctional facilities are all considered to be retail food establishments.

A retail food store is a food establishment or section of an establishment where food and food products are offered to the consumer and intended for off-premise consumption. This includes delicatessens that offer prepared food in bulk quantities only, grocery stores, markets, etc.

Permitting

To apply for a new permit or renew a current permit, please visit the Regulatory Services online licensing system, or complete and return the Retail Food Operation Permit Application.

Fees

Fees for initial applications, renewals, and change of ownership are based on gross annual volume of food sales.

Permit Fees for Retail Food Establishments
Gross Annual Volume of Food Sales Permitting Fee
$0 – $49,999.99 $258
$50,000 – $149,999.99 $515
$150,000 or more $773

Amendments

To amend an existing permit, please complete and return the Retail Food Operation Amendment Application.

Fees

Fees for initial applications, renewals, and change of ownership are based on gross annual volume of food sales.

Permit Fees for Retail Food Establishments
Gross Annual Volume of Food Sales Amendment Fee
$0 – $49,999.99 $125
$50,000 – $149,999.99 $250
$150,000 or more $375

Applications and Forms


Mobile Food Units

Mobile food units are defined as a vehicle-mounted mobile food establishment, designed to be readily moveable.

An initial inspection must be performed after payment and prior to permit issuance.

Permitting

Please see the Mobile Food Establishment Checklist prior toapplying for a permit.

To apply for a new permit or renew a current permit, please visit the Regulatory Services online licensing system, or complete and return the Mobile Unit Food Establishment Permit Application.

Fees

Fees for initial applications, renewals, and change of ownership are $258 per unit.

Amendments

To amend an existing permit, please complete and return the School/Roadside Vendor/Mobile Unit Amendment Application.

Fees

Fees for amendments are $125.00.

Applications and Forms


Roadside Food Vendors

A roadside food vendor is a person who operates a mobile retail food store from a temporary location adjacent to a public roadway or highway. Food shall not be prepared or processed by a roadside food vendor. A roadside food vendor is classified as a mobile food establishment.
(Potentially hazardous foods shall not be prepared or processed by roadside food vendors.)

Permitting

Please see the Roadside Food Vendor Checklist prior to applying for a permit.

To apply for a new permit or renew a current permit, please visit the Regulatory Services online licensing system, or complete and return the Mobile Unit Food Establishment Permit Application.

Fees

The fee for an initial application, renewal, or change of ownership is $258.

Amendments

To amend an existing permit, please complete and return the School/Roadside Vendor/Mobile Unit Amendment Application.

Fees

Fees for amendments are $125.00.

Applications and Forms

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School Food Establishments

A school food establishment is operated on a for-profit basis by a private contractor.

Permitting

To apply for a new permit or renew a current permit, please visit the Regulatory Services online licensing system, or complete and return the School Food Operation Permit Application.

Fees

The fee for an initial application, renewal, or change of ownership is $258.

Amendments

To amend an existing permit, please complete and return the School/Roadside Vendor/Mobile Unit Amendment Application.

Fees

Fees for amendments are $125.00.

Applications and Forms


Temporary Retail Food Establishments

A temporary food establishment is a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

The single event permit is valid for one individual food booth or unit at one specific event, and is valid for 14 consecutive days from the initial effective date. The multiple event permit is valid for one individual food booth or unit at multiple events for 2 years from the initial effective date, provided that each event does not exceed 14 consecutive days.

Permitting

Applications must be received by the Department at least 30 days prior to the event.

Single event permits may be obtained using the online licensing system or by completing and returning the Temporary Food Establishment Single Event Permit Application.

Multiple event permits applications must be submitted using the Temporary Food Establishment Multiple Event Permit Application.

For further information regarding temporary events in Texas Department of State Health Services, please use the Temporary Food Establishment Fact Sheet and/or Temporary Food Establishment Checklist.

Fees

Single event permits are $52, and the fee for a multiple event permit is $200.


Applications and Forms

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Laws and Rules

Health and Safety Code

Rules and Regulations


Contact Us

For General Program Inquiries

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

Mailing Address

Food Establishments Group MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

For Assistance with Licensing

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

Mailing Address

Send correspondence only to:

RLU, Foods Licensing Group MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Physical Address

We only receive special service deliveries, such as UPS or Federal Express, at this address
Do not send money to this address

The Exchange Building
8407 Wall Street
Austin, Texas 78754

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Complaint Process

If you have a complaint about a Food Establishment that is under a local jurisdiction, please contact the local jurisdiction directly - List of Local Health Departments.

If you have a complaint about a Food Establishment that is under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of State Health Services, you may file a complaint to Cheryl Wilson

OR

You may write to:
Environmental and Consumer Safety Section
Food Establishments Group MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Austin, TX 78757 


Enforcement Actions

Food Establishments Group 07/14-07/14 Disciplinary Actions

Name

License Number

City of Residence

Alleged Violation

Disciplinary Action

Date of Action

Sai Om Inc.,
DBA Best Western
1005727 Rockdale, TX 25 TAC 229.165(g)(2)(A) Admin. Penalty of $2,500.00
Respondent shall pay $250.00
03/31/2014
Kathleen Billig
DBA Dime Box Meat Market
0054511 Dime Box, TX 25 TAC 229.164(p)(1)(B)&(2) Admin. Penalty of $875.00,
Respondent agrees to pay $400.00
09/13/2013
Yolanda Mendez
DBA George’s 3
1006865 Tahoka, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) Admin. Penalty of $3,750
Respondent shall pay $375.00
05/07/2014
Shamsher Gill,
DBA Gill Shop N Go
0023314 Rockdale, TX 25 TAC 229.166(g)(3)
25 TAC 229.166I(2)
Admin. Penalty of $875.00
Respondent shall pay $100.00,
06/24/2014
Brenda Orozco,
DBA Jalisco Mexican Rest.
1004047 Austin, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) 229.164(o)(6)(B)(i) Admin. Penalty of $10,000.00
Respondent shall pay $1,000.00
06/11/14
Superior Invest.
Holdings Co., LLC.
DBA Lamache’s
Italian Rest.
1005988 Jefferson, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b)
25 TAC 229.166(g)(1)(A)
Admin. Penalty of $10,000.00
Respondent shall pay $1,000.00
04/11/2014
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Store, Inc.
DBA Love’s Travel Stop 375
1004031 Hearne, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) Admin. Penalty of $3,750
Respondent shall pay $375.00
03/28/2014
Norma E. Aroroyo,
DBA Oasis Rest.
0021754 Presidio, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b)
229.164(o)(6)(B)(i)
229.165(h)(2)
229.165(m)(1)(A)
Admin. Penalty of $13,750.00
Respondent shall pay $1,300.00
06/30/2014
Gilberto Lara,
DBA Pecos Taqueria
1004557 Payne Springs, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) Admin. Penalty of $3,750
Respondent shall pay $375.00
06/20/14
J.F. Juresh
DBA Plateau Truck Stop
File #26462 Van Horn, TX 25 TAC 229.372(a)(1), 25 TAC
229.177(b) & 25 TAC
229.166(f)(2)(A)
Admin Penalty of $15,000.00.
Respondent agrees to pay $1,000.00
10/21/2013
TDS Supermart, LLC. 0018713 Sugar Land, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) Admin. Penalty of $3,750
Respondent shall pay $375.00
07/09/14
Maria Elrod
DBA The Enlightened Bean
1004824 Presidio, TX 25 TAC 229.177(b) and
25 TAC 229.164(o)(6)(B)(i)
Admin Penalty of $10,000.00.
Respondent agrees to pay $1,000.00
05/08/2014
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Last Updated May 13, 2016

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