Generator Registration at Food Establishment

Special Waste Program - HHD1017
Houston Health Department
Special Waste Program

Food establishments:

8000 North Stadium Dr.
Houston, TX 77054

Non-food establishments:

7427 Park Place Blvd
Houston, TX 77087

7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Admin fee
Renewal fee
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
10 minutes


You are a special waste generator if you own or manage a restaurant or any food dealer establishment with a grease trap.


Generator responsibilities

Section 47-512(b) of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances mandates that every interceptor located within the incorporated City limits must be fully evacuated at least on a quarterly basis (every 90 days) unless a Notice of Waiver application is submitted and approved.

After Approval

Paper permit is given and must be posted on site in public view. 

Conditions & Exceptions

A Fats, Oils and Grease permit is valid for one (1) year from the food dealer permit issue date and must be renewed annually.

Additional Resources
Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Account number (located on food dealer’s permit), or business name and address
  • Affidavit of Holding Capacity form
  • Method of Payment: check, money order, cashier's check, credit card
Apply in Person

Bring the completed affidavit to:

8000 N. Stadium Dr.
Houston, TX 77054

What You Need

All establishments with interceptors will be inspected on a routine basis or if a complaint is reported. There will be no notification for inspections.

During an inspection, the investigator will need to be provided the following documents:

  • Original Fats, Oils, and Grease permit
  • Yellow and white copies of waste manifests for the past 5 years
  • Invoices from permitted biological pre-treatment company (if applicable)
  • Notice of Waiver (if applicable)
  • Copies of previous inspections

Investigators will check your trap, if necessary, and sample well to ensure that your discharge is consistent with the mandated parameters. Your dumpster, rendering oil bin, and surrounding area will also be checked for proper maintenance and upkeep.

Upon completion of inspection, you will be asked to sign inspection form and citation when applicable. Copies of the inspection form will be given to you for your records.

What You Need
  • Renewal invoice (sent one month before expiration date) 
  • Method of payment
Renew Online
  1. Click the Pay Now link
  2. Enter the required fields, including account number and invoice number.
  3. Enter credit/debit card information (MasterCard, Visa, Discover)
  4. Once payment is received, the permit will be mailed to the mailing address on file. New permit must be posted in public view at the facility.
Renew in Person

Bring the invoice and method of payment to:

8000 North Stadium Drive
Houston, Texas 77054