Inspection Requirements for Certificate of Occupancy and Food Licenses
The establishment owner/operator or the building contractor is responsible for ensuring that all building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, environmental, health and fire inspections are made, approved and recorded by central records and certificate of occupancy (CofC) section (207-8211) of the development services department before a food establishment license is issued and the establishment may open for business. All applicable requirements must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act must be met. Contact the disability access office at 210.207.7243.
A valid CofC must be presented at the time you wish to purchase a food license. Purchase food establishment licenses must be purchased at the Development Services Center at 1901 S. Alamo. Parking is free. For additional information, call 207-0135.
Definition of Businesses Requiring a Food Establishment License
Food Establishment (FE) - An operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, or otherwise provides food for human consumption such as: a restaurant; retail food store; satellite or catered feeding location; catering operation, if the operation provides food directly to a consumer or to a conveyance used to transport people; market; remote catered operations; conveyance used to transport people; institution; or food bank; and that relinquishes possession of food to a consumer directly, or indirectly through a delivery service such as home delivery of grocery orders or restaurant takeout orders, or delivery service that is provided by common carriers.
Food Manufacturing Business - Each location where food is manufactured as defined in Texas Civil Statues, Article 4476-5, Section 28. However, a food establishment or a commissary supplying food establishments is not a manufacturer unless it regularly engages in the labeling, combining and purifying of food which is either sold for resale or packaged for sale in other than individual portions.
Smoking Ordinance Compliance Requirements
The City of San Antonio has specific construction requirements to be in compliance with the Smoking Ordinance, located in Chapter 36 of the Code of Ordinances. You MUST be in compliance with this ordinance to operate a local food establishment.