The City of Laredo Health Department encourages the community to eat at restaurants and buy food from establishments with a proper food license to prevent illness caused by food contamination. Street vendors should have a permit sticker on their windshield. Anyone hoping to open a restaurant should obtain a City Food License (prices vary according to number of employees). The City of Laredo Code of Ordinances considers any place that prepares food for sale, sells, and/or gives away food products, as a food product establishment, requiring them to obtain a City Food License.
The Health Department will cite food vendors who sell food without permits and/or vendors who are in violation of City Food Sanitation Ordinances. Laredo Municipal Court fines could range up to $2,000. The rules of food preparation and personal hygiene apply to all food service workers, whether they are paid professionals or volunteers.
Food Handler’s Training
Health Department Course
Location: 2600 Cedar Avenue, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.*
Fridays at 9:00 a.m.*
Please arrive 15 minutes early to register.
Online Food handler Training*
Fully audio-visual course available online in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Take the course online, pass test, and print your City of Laredo Food Handler Certificate. No trip to the Health Department!
The City of Laredo Health Department does not own or run the online classes. Issues with website must be taken up with the respective program
City Food License Applications
Food license applications may be found here (Downloadable Forms). Please complete the forms and submit them to the City of Laredo Health Department Environmental Division at 2600 Cedar Avenue (upper level).
Mobile and Street Vendors require additional permits. Currently, the pilot program for food trucks has ended and is pending the approval of new City Ordinance. More details will be coming soon.
For more information, please call (956) 795-4904 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.