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.