Temporary food dealers permit

Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
$77.19 to $771.96
Admin fee
Valid Period
1-21 days
Processing Time
1 hour
Houston Health Department

Plan Review:

1002 Washington Ave, 3rd floor
Houston, TX 77002

Inspections and Permits:

8000 North Stadium Dr., 2nd floor
Houston, TX 77054

7:30 am to 4:30 pm


A temporary food dealers permit may only be issued in conjunction with an event or celebration as defined. Each physically separated booth, stand, table or tent requires a separate permit.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on premises in public view.

Non-scheduled, unannounced inspections may be conducted. All violations shall be corrected at the time of the inspection unless an extension is allowed by the health officer.

In determining whether to allow an extension and the length of the extension, the health officer shall consider the degree of risk, if any, that is posed by the violation and the time reasonably required to correct it.

No extension shall be granted where any significant risk of foodborne illness is posed to the public. If violations are not corrected within the specified time limit, the health officer shall immediately suspend the permit.

Conditions & Exceptions

Fee schedule

All payments are non-refundable.

Consecutive days at location Fee
1 day $83.22
2 days $154.55
3 days $225.88
4 days $297.21
5 days $368.54
6 days $439.87
7 days $511.20
8 days $582.53
9 days $653.86
10-21 days $725.33
Late application fee $59.45


Additional Resources
Statutory Authority
What You Need
Apply Online

To apply electronically:

  1. Email the completed application and required documents to [email protected]
  2. An invoice will be emailed to applicant. The invoice may be paid online or by mail.

To pay the invoice online, visit the Health Department's online payments page

  1. Click on the Make Payment button under "Food and swimming pool fees"
  2. Enter the required information and complete your transaction
  3. Once payment is received, the permit will be mailed to the address on file.
Apply by Mail

Mail the completed application, supporting documents, and payment (cashier's check or money order) to:

Houston Health Department
Bureau of Consumer Health Services
PO Box 300008
Houston, Tx 77230-0008

If full payment was not included, an invoice will be mailed or emailed to the applicant. The invoice may be paid online or by mail.

Apply by Email

Send the completed application and supporting documents to 832.393.5208.

An invoice will be mailed or emailed to the applicant. The invoice may be paid online or by mail.

Conditions & Exceptions

Permit must be in conjunction with an event or celebration and cannot exceed 21 days.

Additional Resources