Rules & Regulations

Bell County Public Health District has seen a rising number of Mobile Food Units coming in and wishing to operate within Bell County. We'd like to make this as painless as possible and, of course, uphold the Texas Food Establishments Rules and Regulations ensuring the utmost safety and sanitation for everyone. We have put together a checklist to help get you started.
Mobile Food Unit change effective February 1, 2020


Additional Resources:
Grocery sales from restaurants
Farmers Markets during COVID
Restaurant guidance during a pandemic
Food Safety Resource


In an effort to serve and protect the public in the best way possible, it is necessary to have full transparency and disclosure. Bell County Public Health District's Retail Food Protection Division would like to address the growing concerns of the illegal sale of food through social media sources or otherwise in our area. The Retail Food Division has contacted the social media sites in an effort to cease or block the sales. However, it does not fall under their definition of illegal sales, even though it is illegal in the state of Texas. Therefore, they will not cease or delete the posts. We are also doing everything within our realm to discourage people from purchasing from these sites and/or people, as residential facilities, where the food is being made, which are not monitored, inspected, or regulated for proper food safety and sanitation. Food being made, other than that approved under the Texas Cottage Food Laws, at a location other than a  permitted Bell County Retail Food Facility or a permitted Bell County Mobile Food Unit, are considered to be unsafe, illegally prepared, and illegally sold according to the Texas Food Establishment Rules and Regulations (TFER) and are consumed at the customers own risk. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Bell County Public Health Retail Food Protection Division.

The NEW Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) went into effect on October 11, 2015.  In order to find a copy of the new Rules, please visit the DSHS Laws and Rules page, along with the Guidance and Publications page, where you will find updated Regulatory Clarifications and Guidance Documents for use with the new TFER and the Bell County Public Health District Local Order.

Bell County Retail Food Sanitation Order
Texas Food Establishment Rules
Cottage Food Laws
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Executive Order GA-38: Relating to the opening of certain services.