Food Service Establishment Health Inspections
The Food Service Establishment Health Inspections department is committed to protecting and maintaining the public’s health by making sure all health codes are being met. This division works with the Environmental Health Group, LLC. to provide pre-opening and routine inspections based on food sanitation and overall environmental wellness. This program is designed to ensure permits can be issued only after making sure each location has been properly inspected. Below is a list of locations we inspect and permit:
- Mobile Vending
- Foster Care
- Adult Day Care
- Assisted Living
- Child Day Care
- Convenience Store
- Fast Food Restaurant
- Full Service Bar
- Meat Market
- Pre-Packaged Food Establishment
- Retail Food Store
- Single Service Bar
- Snack Bar
- Temporary Events (14 Day Permits)
Each business or owner must complete an application based on permit type or event and return it to us, along with appropriate payment (please see chart below for pricing).
New businesses must first submit a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office proving that this business is approved to open and operate.
Businesses that are coming upon their expiration date and require a renewal will need to complete the application and return it to us, along with payment, before the permit expires. Due to routine inspections, if it is noted that a location is operating without a valid permit there may be citations and late fees issued.
FSE customers will then be contacted by The Environmental Health Group, LLC to set up an appointment to perform the inspection within five (5) days.
Food Service Establishment (FSE) Permit Fees for Unincorporated Bexar County
Annual permit fee to operate a fixed food service establishment (such as a restaurant) in unincorporated Bexar County.
Mobile Food Unit
Annual permit for the food services only per vehicle. (additional inspection by other agencies such as the Bexar County Fire Marshal, or vehicle safety inspection may be required)
The Food Services of child care centers and other group facilities
Annual permit fee for the food services only. (Other services of these type of establishments are inspected/permitted by other agencies.)
Temporary Food Establishments, Fee Per Stand
This fee is good for a 14 day period only.
Administrative fee for handling pool complaint
Mailing Fee (when email is not available)
Administrative fee for mailing permit or other documents
Complaint Inspection Fee
Administrative fee for inspecting and handling complaint
Food Born Illness (FBI) Fee
Plus lab fee
Laboratory and administrative fee for handling a FBI.
Plan Review Fee
Administrative fee per plan review.
Assessed only if re‐inspection of an FSE is required.
Not to exceed $500.00 per day
Penalty pursuant to Texas Health and Safety Code §437.0185.
Bexar County Health Inspections Program follows the rules laid out in the Commissioners’ approved Court Order. The court order specifically refers to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). The following is a list of various codes which are enforced by the Health Inspections Program:
- Bexar County Health Inspections Court Order
- 25 TAC §229.161 – 229.171, 229.173 – 229.175
- THSC 437
If there is a complaint that needs to be issued against a food establishment, mobile vendor, temporary vendor, etc. please contact 210-335-3045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The complaint should include as much information about the issue as possible including:
- Name of business (FSE) and location (to include mobile vendors)
- Date & time
- Did the complainant get sick? Please provide:
- Which food was consumed?
- Did they visit a doctor?
- How long were they sick?
- What were their symptoms?
After the complaint is logged, a task is created to notify an inspector to visit the establishment. The inspection must be made within 10 days of the complaint. If issues are found, appropriate action is taken by the inspector to bring the restaurant back into compliance.
For additional information, please contact Kailey Mendez (Health Permit Coordinator) at 210-335-3045