Food Management

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

City Food License Applications
for restaurants, street vendors, and food truck vendors

Temporary Licenses/Special Events

Food Establishment Inspections

To report food handling concerns please call 311.

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.

Cost: $20.00

Online Food handler Training*

Food Safety

Tapseries ONLINE!

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: mjimenez@ci.laredo.tx.us.

No. of Employees*

Amount Per Year*

Prorate On 
9/16

Prorate On
10/16

Prorate On
11/16

Prorate On
12/16

Prorate On
1/16

Prorate On
2/16

1 to 2

$50.00

$45.83

$41.67

$37.50

$33.33

$29.17

$25.00

3 to 6

$100.00

$91.67

$83.33

$75.00

$66.67

$58.33

$50.00

7 to 10

$280.00

$256.67

$233.33

$210.00

$186.67

$166.33

$140.00

11 +

$560.00

$513.33

$466.67

$420.00

$373.33

$326.67

$280.00

$20.00

Temporary

Per Vendor

Per Event

 

 

 

 

CITY OF LAREDO HEALTH DEPARTMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION
FEES SCHEDULE
(EFFECTIVE: November 2012)
Last Revised: June 2013

Downloadable Forms

  • *= Number of Employees to include managers and owners
  • MEAT/SEA FOOD MARKET LICENSE…………….…$150.00
  • STREET VENDOR PERMIT………………………….....$100.00 per Unit per year
  • STREET VENDOR ID …………….. $20.00 per year
  • FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATES …………………...$20.00 (Valid for 2 Years)
  • COPY OF HANDLER CERTIFICATE………....$5.00/ duplicated
  • OFF-SITE FOOD HANDLER TRAINING CLASS…….$250.00 (Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00PM Only)
  • FOOD SERVICE OPERATOR PERMIT……………….$30.00 (Valid for up to 3 Years) COPY of FSOP $10.00
  • NEW FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPLICATION…….$100.00, Due at time of invoicing
  • REQUEST FOR INSPECTION ………………………....$75.00, at time of request for inspection service
  • FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION FEE………….……………$100.00, effective after more than one customary follow-up inspection
  • LATE FEE………………………………………………….$50.00, effective after 30 days of expiration of permit and or billing date

Temporary Licenses/Special Events

Temporary Licenses

Temporary license can be obtained for plate sales and special events.

Plate Sales: $20.00 per day

Food items cannot be prepared at home. Food must be prepared on site or obtained from a licensed establishment. Receipts or donation letter must be brought in as proof.

Special Events

Special Events consist of community organized events where food will be sold to the public. Cost varies depending on number of food vendors.

Food items must be prepared on site or at a licensed food establishment.

For more information please call (956) 795-4904 or e-mail: mjimenez@ci.laredo.tx.us.