The Environmental Health Services Division (EHSD) promotes public health and safety to ensure compliance with state and local health codes. View a complete list of services.

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Due to the passing of Senate Bill 577, local health departments will no longer require registration of food manager certificates. Effective 8/9/2023, Environmental Health Services will not accept applications for food manager registrations. Per federal food code, continue to display a state Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate in a prominent location. Please see our Food Manager/Food Handler link under Food Safety Programs below for more information.

Expanded Mobile Food Vending Application Reviews

We are thrilled to announce that beginning on Monday, July 17, 2023, mobile food vending applications will be reviewed five days a week without an appointment. That's right - you will soon be able to bring your applications in for review without any prior scheduling!

Please note that while we have removed the appointment requirement, guidelines are in place to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all customers due to the high volume and fluid nature of the mobile vending process. Appointments for the physical mobile unit inspection remain the same.

Click on the link for the complete mobile vending process and additional information:

New Online Payment Option

Attention: As of February 21, 2023, Austin Public Health will now offer an online payment option via Citybase payment portal. From the Citybase online portal, you can make secure payments on your Austin Public Health invoice(s). 

You have the option to check out as a Guest (one-time payment) or create a wallet to store payment information. If you would like to create a wallet to store payment information for future use, after checking out as a guest, there is a link to register on the receipt page.

Steps to making a payment online:

  • Complete your application, renewal form, or reinspection notice and email to for processing.  
  • You will receive an email from our staff once we have processed your application, renewal, or reinspection notice. The email will include a link to our payment portal and an invoice number. 
  • To make a one-time payment, click the Check out as Guest button below to proceed to the Citybase online payment portal. 
  • Please have your invoice you intend to pay available to complete portal payment.    

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All questions and concerns can be submitted via email to or by contacting 512-978-0300.

In addition to our in-person services, you may submit your applications and requests for processing by:

  • Mail: Austin Public Health, PO BOX 142529, Austin, TX 78714; along with payment by check or money order, or
  • Email:; and you will receive payment instructions to make payment.

Public Health Nuisances

To report nuisances, contact Austin 3-1-1.

To report a smoking violation in the City of Austin, contact  3-1-1 or use one of these forms: English or Spanish.

Child Care, Foster Care, and Adoption Housing

The division performs state-mandated inspections required for custodial care facilities, such as child care, foster care and adoption housing. Apply for an inspection here.

Food Safety Programs

The division ensures food safety for all food establishments. There are requirements for food handlers and managers, and four distinct food programs:

  • Fixed Food Establishments includes restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery stories, food warehouses, and convenience stores.  
  • Farmers Markets includes all food booths participating in farmers markets.

Food Safety Resources

Pool, Spas, Interactive Water Features & Fountains

The division ensures the health and safety of all public and semi-public aquatic facilities to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases and accidental drownings/injuries. Learn more here.

Mosquito and Rodent Control (Rodent and Vector)

The division provides on-site assessments and responds to complaints about rodents, mosquitoes, and stinging insects. The program also performs mosquito surveillance (trapping) to identify the source of mosquito borne diseases and applies limited control measures. Learn more here.

Have Feedback?

Help us better serve our customers by providing feedback through our online survey.

To address a concern or request a second opinion regarding an inspection result or complaint, contact us at 512-978-0300 between 7:45 am to 4:45 pm Monday - Friday.