Information about Obtaining a Food Establishment Permit

NOTE: All facilities that provide food to the public are subject to the regulations set forth in Ordinance 941-22  (restaurants, senior care facilities, daycare, cafeterias, school food service, convenience stores, grocery stores, concession stands). This is an overview of the steps needed to open a Food Establishment in Pittsburg, Texas. Read  Ordinance 941-22 for complete details and requirements. If you are interested in opening a Food Establishment, contact City Hall at (903) 856-3621 with any questions and set up a meeting. 


Step One: Find a Qualified Location 

( Food Establishment Regulations)          

  • Must meet city zoning and development standards

  • Existing building will need building and fire inspections conducted by City Staff

  • New construction will require a site plan and construction permit 

  • A Certificate of Occupancy will be issued upon building code permitting and inspections

Step Two: Obtain Food Establishment Permitting and Inspections          

  • Application must be filled out completely 
  • Pay the associated fee at City Hall
    • $300 - Annual
    • $175 - Temporary (nor more than 7 days)
  • Submit Application through online portal
  • Allow 5 days to review the application
  • Food Service Inspector will schedule an inspection 
  • Inspections will be conducted twice a year

Step Four: Open for Business

  • Place Food Establishment Certificate in a visible location
  • Place Food Inspection Report in a visible location 
  • Requires two inspections a year by the city food service inspector
  • Food Establishment Permits expire on December 31st of each year
  • Renew Food Establishment Permit by Jan 1st
  • Late Penalty to be assessed for late submissions

Downloadable Ordinance, Application, and Sources

Food Establishment Application

Ordinance 941-22 Food Establishment Regulations