Jefferson County requires that all food establishments in our jurisdiction
have a current Food Permit. Our jurisdiction includes all of unincorporated
Jefferson County as well as:
- Bevil Oaks
- Port Neches
We follow the Texas Food Establishment Rules or (TFER) that can be
Food Establishment Rules
We inspect food service establishments, day cares, schools, grocery
stores, hospitals, mobile food units, and temporary food events to insure
compliance with state and local health laws and regulations. These establishments
are inspected a minimum of one (1) time per year. All establishments
receiving complaints are inspected as soon as possible.
If you have had a bad experience with a particular establishment, please
contact us so that we may investigate it further.
*Updates/Changes to TFER (Texas Food Establishment Rules)
On November 30, 2015 Jefferson County Commissioner Court updated their
Order to the 2015 TFER (Texas Food Establishment Rules). This means
that all food establishments will be required to follow all changes
and updates associated with new TFER.
Here are some of the changes that need to be done before your next
- Beginning September 1, 2016, all food employees will be required
to hold a Food Handlers certification within (60) days of employment.
Here is a website of vendors that offer online certification:
- Each permitted food establishment must employ at least one Certified
Food Manager. Certification must be obtained by passing an examination
approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The original
certificate must be posted in a location in your food establishment
that is conspicuous to your customers. If you wish to obtain this
certification online you can do so at the following web address:
The following food establishments are exempt
from employing a Certified Food Manager:
- Establishments that handle only prepackaged food and do not prepare
or package food;
- Establishments that do not prepare or handle exposed potentially
- Nonprofit organizations as defined in 25 TAC §229.371(9).
- You will need to post your "Food Service Permit" and either post your newest Health Inspection Report or a sign
that states that a copy of the inspection report is available upon request. Both must be in a location in your food establishment
that is conspicuous to your customers.
- First Aid Kits will now be required and inspected. They must be labeled and stored in a location to prevent the contamination
of food, equipment, utensils, linens and single-service and single-use articles.
- Hand washing sink signage requirements: A sign or poster that notifies your food employees to wash their hands shall be provided
at all hand washing sinks used by your food employees and shall be clearly visible.
There are several documents to help you with the transition to the new TFER guidelines, they can be located at: