All retail food establishments & mobile food vendors that operate in the unincorporated areas of the County and in the cities of Buda and Kyle are required to obtain a Food Establishment Permit from Hays County Development Services. Permits expire at the end of the calendar year on December 31st.
A Food Establishment Permit can be applied for online or in-person at our office. Please visit the Permitting page for more information.
Authority is granted to the County from adoption of our Food Establishment Regulations. And 25 TAC 228 Texas Food Establishment Regulations & the Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 437.
A “Food Establishment” means a food service establishment, a retail food store, a temporary food establishment, a mobile food unit, and/or a roadside food vendor.
A food establishment permitted under the Hays County Food Establishment Regulations shall be inspected at least once every six (6) months or in response to a formal complaint made to Hays County Development Services.
Options to file a complaint against a food establishment