Food Establishment Program

Environmental - Food Establishment Program

The Victoria County Public Health Department Environmental Services Division is the regulatory authority for Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson and Victoria Counties. The Environmental Services Division permits and conducts routine inspections of retail food establishments such as restaurants, institutional facilities including schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, convenience stores, grocery stores, night clubs, and mobile food units.

A valid Food Establishment Permit issued by the Victoria County Public Health Department Environmental Services Division is required prior to opening and operating a food establishment in Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson and Victoria Counties.


Food Establishment Permitting Process

1.Obtain a Food Establishment Permit Application.

2.Review the Minimum Requirements for Food Establishments

3.Submit a completed Food Establishment Plan Review Form and a copy of the plans to the Environmental Services Division for review.

NOTE: If you are planning on buying a pre-existing food establishment it is best to contact Environmental Services before purchase. There may be wall and floor finishes and quipment that do not meet the current health codes and will have to be upgraded to meet current codes. A Food Establishment Plan Review Form and a copy of the proposed plans are required for existing permitted facilities with change of ownership and/or plans for remodeling.

4.Only after the plans have been approved can construction begin. If changes occur during the construction process, notify Environmental Services Division A.S.A.P. 

5.Submit the Food Establishment Permit Application to the Victoria County Public Health Department Environmental Services Division upon completion of construction.

6.Schedule an opening inspection. 

7.Provide a copy of opening inspection to proper city/county entity (i.e., local city hall) and pay the proper food establishment permit fee. The permit fee schedule is on the back of the Food Establishment Permit Application.

Once the permit application and fee have been received and all requirements have been met via approval following an opening inspection, the permit can be issued on site, mailed to the mailing address on the Food Establishment Permit Application, or it can be picked up at the Victoria County Public Health Department Environmental Services Division.  

If you are operating or considering opening up a food establishment within the City of Victoria, you may access the City of Victoria Code (See Chapter 10, Article III) for additional information.