Retail Food Establishments

Food safety is serious business in Texas. We strive to eliminate foodborne 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 foodborne illness in Texas." 

RECALL ALERT

Due to an ongoing, multi-state outbreak of Norovirus connected to the consumption of implicated oysters, DSHS has issued a recall notice for oysters harvested from the TX-1 harvest area between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7, 2022.  For more information, please see the following links:

DSHS Press Release

FDA Advisory 

CDC Oyster Outbreak

Legislative Updates

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Texas Retail Food Establishments Jurisdiction Interactive Map

The below map is an online resource that enables visitors to quickly search health departments within the State of Texas.  

Texas allows “home-rule” charter government in the state. Charters are documents that establish the governmental structure and determine the distribution of powers and duties among its branches.  

Home rule charters allow cities and counties to do anything that qualifies as a "public purpose" and is not contrary to the constitution or laws of the state. Cities or counties with active charters have regulatory authority in those areas. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provides the minimum standards for food safety in the state with the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER). However, cities and counties with active charters may enforce more stringent rules and regulations. 

For questions about the map, please see the step-by-step instructions below or contact the Retail Food Establishments Program

Instructions 

Please follow these instructions to use the interactive map: 

  1. Navigate to the Texas Retail Food Establishments Jurisdiction Interactive Map

  1. Click the + button on the toolbar to zoom in 

  1. Click on different zones on the map to view information about each geographic location. 

  1. Click the "star" or "triangle" symbols to view DSHS Public Health Region office information. 

  1. Click a city or county boundary to view jurisdiction contact information for the location. 

 

For more detailed instructions, please see the full User Guide for the Texas Retail Food Establishments Jurisdiction Interactive Map. 

Permitting Information

Food service establishments are classified in the following areas: 

See the Permitting Information page for descriptions of each establishment type and an overview of licensing options and associated fees. 

Additional Contact Information

Retail Food Safety Unit, MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
United States

Hours
Campus Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Drugs & Food Safety Licensing Branch, MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
United States

Retail Food Safety Unit, MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
United States