Food & Restaurant
Operating a Retail Food Establishment
If you are considering operating a food establishment located in Williamson County or one of its member cities, then a plan review and a pre-operational inspection is required before a permit can be issued.
A food establishment means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption. This does not include sale or giving away of whole produce or prepackaged foods that do not need temperature control for safety, such as, unopened bottles of water or bags of chips, if the food is from an approved source.
Whether you are a new owner taking over an existing business, constructing a new building/finish-out of a space or remodeling/restoring structure the following is required:
Submittal of Plans / Plan Review Application
- Completed Plan Review application + $250 fee
- Supporting documents
- Full menu, including beverages and prepackaged food
- Manufacturer description/specifications for equipment
- Plans must include information about plumbing, mechanical/ventilation, and a finishing schedule that describes walls, floors, and ceilings, such as, color and texture
- Plans must include a site plan and floor plan to scale with labeled equipment and fixtures
- Construction plans are preferred
**If a variance request is made, a separate fee of $100 is required along with the request form and supporting documentation [Variance Request Form]
Carefully read all forms, if information is incorrect or not submitted, it will slow the plan review process. Submissions can be sent through email, mail, or in person at our office.
- Once you receive an approval letter for your plan review and preparation for the inspection is complete which includes thorough cleaning of the establishment, the applicant may contact the plan reviewer to schedule an inspection.
- When the pre-operational inspection is passed, the license will be issued once payment is made
Licenses are NON-TRANSFERABLE
NOTE: You must notify local building officials in the area you plan to operate and follow their separate procedures for plan review and permitting to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. You may not conduct any part of food service operation which includes food storage without a food license even if issued a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O), Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) or TABC license.
Environmental Health Services Divison - 512-248-7620 or e-mail