The Austin County Health and Human Services Department conducts the permitting and inspection of more than 4,000 food establishments in Austin, several local municipalities and rural side of the county. Food establishments in Austin are inspected twice a year to evaluate proper food handling to ensure food safety. If unable to be inspected at this frequency, then inspections are prioritized by risk.
The establishments include a wide variety of food industries, such as restaurants, delicatessens, school cafeterias, grocery stores, retail meat markets, bakeries and bars. If no violations are found, a score of 100 is achieved. If more than 30 points are lost, a re-inspection is required and corrections must be made to bring the score above 70, in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules. If subsequent inspections score below 70, compliance actions will be taken.