Food Dealer (food establishment operating permit)

Instrument Reference Number
Areas of Interest
Valid Period
1 year
Plan Review
$295.90 to $1042.14
Admin fee
$32.16 (applied to inspection fee)
Inspection fee
$109.35 (unoccupied) or $218.72 (occupied)
Renewal fee
$295.90 to $1042.14
Late Fee
Plan review fee
$45.02 to $1,814.10
Processing Time
up to 15 business days

Food establishment means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption and includes all food service establishments, warehouses, packaged-food-only food establishments, food processing establishments, and commissaries.

After Approval

Permit must be kept on premises in public view. Non-scheduled/unannounced inspections are conducted. Renewal invoices are sent 30-45 days prior to expiration date. 

Apply What you need

For new construction, change of use, and remodel or renovation, complete a Building Permit application and Deed Restrictions declaration form.

Apply Online Steps
  1. Log in or create an iPermits account.
  2. Complete the building permit application and upload the declaration form.
  3. Submit pay application fees.
  4. Receive email invitation to upload plans.
Apply Conditions & Exceptions

Procedure is for new construction. Procedure for change of owner without remodeling is different.

Plan Review What you need

Plan review is required for new construction or extensive remodeling. Review the plan submission checklists for required documents and design elements.

Plan Review Submit Online Steps
  1. Once fees are paid, you will receive an invitation to upload plans into ProjectDox.
  2. Upload all required documents and drawings
  3. Mark complete the assigned task.
Inspection What you need
  1. Once construction is completed, a preoperational inspection is required.
  2. If corrections are required, call 832.393.5100 for a reinspection.
  3. If inspection is passed then an operating permit is invoiced and processed when payment is received. 
Inspection Schedule by Phone Steps

To request an inspection or re-inspection, call 832-393-5100. Customer will be notified the day of inspection as to timeslot of inspection.

Inspection Conditions & Exceptions

To request an inspection via email: [email protected]

Renew What you need

1. A renewal invoice is mailed 30-45 days prior to the expiration date. It is the responsibility of the owner/operator to contact the Health Department prior to expiration date if an invoice is not received. 

Renew in Person Steps

8000 N. Stadium, Houston, TX 77054, 1st floor or at 1002 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 (permit is mailed if at HPC)

Renew by Mail Steps

1. Fill out the bottom of the invoice and include the check (money order, cashier check, business check) to P.O. Box 300008, Houston, TX 77230-008; Once payment is processed a permit will be mailed to the address on file.

Renew Online Steps

1. Click the Pay Now link; 2. Accepted forms of payment are credit/debit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover) 3. Once payment is received, the permit will be mailed to the address on file.

Renew Conditions & Exceptions

Any outstanding balances must be paid prior to or at the same time the permit is renewed. A zero due balance is required to generate the invoice.

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