Environmental Services Overview
Who needs a food permit?
- City of Midland food establishment permits are required for anyone preparing, processing, storing or serving food to the public inside the city and county limits of Midland.
- Helpful links for rules, resources and applications can be found at the bottom of this page.
- All food establishments, that prepare / serve potentially hazardous foods, must have at least one certified food manager (CFM) at their facility. Links for Certified Food Manager courses can be found under Food Safety Resources links listed at the bottom of this page.
Exceptions For Food Permit
- Baked items that fall under Cottage Food Regulations.
Opening a new restaurant
- If you are opening a new food establishment, remodeling an existing establishment or converting an existing establishment into a food establishment, please contact the City of Midland Health Department for the "Food Establishment Requirements". You will also need to contact City of Midland Code Administration and the City of Midland Fire Marshal offices as well.
- You need to contact the City of Midland Code Administration to submit a set of plans and request a plan review to have the plans reviewed for your facility.
- Upon approval of the facility plan by Code Administration, the Fire Marshal and the City of Midland Health Department, you will need to complete the "Midland Health Department Environmental Health Permit Application" and purchase a permit to sell food.
- This application can be submitted in person or mailed with your payment to the City of Midland Health Department.
- Midland Health Department Environmental Section, P.O.BOX 4905, Midland, Tx 79704
Mobile Food Unit
- Mobile food unit rules and requirements can be found here.
- Mobile food units have the same requirements for food safety as restaurants.
- To open a mobile food unit you must have your mobile unit pre-inspected and fill out the Mobile Food Unit Application packet.
- You will need to contact the city Fire Marshall office for additional inspection and Planning and Zoning for a permit to operate in the city.
Temporary Event Permit
- Temporary event permits are required for anyone preparing / serving potentially hazardous food to the public.
- Click here for the Rules for Temporary Food Service Establishments.
- To obtain a temporary food permit, fill out the Midland Health Department Environmental Health Permit Application and submit it to City of Midland Health Department, located at 3303 W. Illinois, Suite 22, with payment, no later than 72 hours before the event.
- Large events with multiple vendors may have additional requirements and deadlines. Check with the event organizer or contact the City of Midland Health Department Environmental Health Section at 432-681-7613 for additional requirements.
- No potentially hazardous foods may be prepared at home to sell at a temporary event.
- All cooking and preparation of food sold or given away must be done on site at the event.
Food Safety Resources
- Servsafe.com - Certified Food Manager, Texas FoodGuard, Food Handler Program
- Learn2serve.com - Certified Food Manager
- Accredited Food Handler Online Training Programs
- Food Safety Tips - USDA.GOV
- Food Safety.Gov
- CDC Food Safety
- Fight Bac!: Partnership for Food Safety Education
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Mayo Clinic
- Texas Food Establishment Rules