Houston Health Department

Consumer Health


Bureau of Consumer Health Services


New: Approved Food Ordinance Amendments December 2015


The Houston Health Department Bureau of Consumer Health Services’ role is to effectively utilize the available resources to protect the community by administering the public health ordinance of the City of Houston and the state of Texas toward the prevention of disease, disability, and death resulting from food borne and water borne illness and swimming-pool-drowning through enforcement and education. 

Charitable food service information


Feeding the Homeless Ordinance

City of Houston, Texas, Ordinance No. 2012-269 - an ordinance amending chapter 20 of the code of ordinances, Houston, Texas, relating to feeding those in need; containing findings and other provisions relating to the foregoing subject; providing for severability; and declaring an emergency. – full text in pdf file here 



Programs and information

Fee Information



Plan review fees update

“In accordance with Chapter 20-25(e) of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin assessing a separate plan review fee for all plan submittals received on or after January 1, 2013. This  fee applies only to food establishments.  Projects submitted prior to January 1 are not subject to this fee. This fee will be based on valuation of the project.  For questions or concerns please contact David McCoy at 832-394-9462 or david.mccoy@houstontx.gov.”


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Food Inspection and Safety
Disasters and Emergency Management
Food Establishment Inspection Reports
Food Inspections
Food Managers Certification Classes
Forms and Documents
Frequently Asked Questions
Hot Topics
Links of Interest

Mobile Food Units
Online Payments
Opening a Food Establishment
Searchable Code of Ordinances - Chapter 20 - FOOD AND DRUGS
Temporary Food Establishments Application 1-9 days
Temporary Food Establishments Application 10 days or more


dog on patio

Dog-Friendly Dining Options on Patios - Effective, September 22, 2011, owners of restaurants and other food establishments may apply for a variance to Section 20-21.28 (f) (1) of the Houston Food Ordinance to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas. Owners desiring to permit dogs on patios must make application on a form provided by the Department of Health and Human Services and comply with the conditions of the variance-- including an inspection of the outdoor premises prior to approval of the application. Link to Request Variance-Exemption Dogs on Patios. Applicants must also pay a one-time pre-operational fee. Additionally, they must agree to comply with the sanitation requirements listed on the variance application to ensure that no health hazard or nuisance will occur. Application for the variance is strictly voluntary. Food establishment owners are not mandated by ordinance to allow dogs on patios. For information, please call 832-393-5100.

Food Establishments with HDHHS Approved Dog Patios

Special Waste 

Generator (Grease trap, Grit trap, Lint trap, and other city regulated waste generators)  
Service Companies (transporters, biological pretreatment, and pressure washers) 

Swimming Pools 


Contact Us:

Food Safety and Pools:

Houston Health Department
Bureau of Consumer Health Services
8000 N. Stadium Dr., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77054 
Phone: 832-393-5100 
Fax: 832-393-5208

Special Waste:

Houston Health Department
Bureau of Consumer Health Services
7411 Park Place Blvd Houston, TX 77087 
Phone: 832-393-5740
Fax: 832-393-5706


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