Food Establishment Requirements, Permits & Inspection

Helpful Food Establishment Documents For Reference
DeSoto General Construction Standards
DeSoto Health Permit Application
Temporary Food Permit Application
Temporary Food Guidelines

A temporary food service establishment is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of not more than (14) consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

Food Service And Retail Food Inspection
Establishments are categorized by level based on their risk. High-risk establishments are inspected more frequently, two to three times annually. 
  • Level 1 - High-Risk Establishment (2 times a year): heavy preparation, reusable tableware, Mgr. Certification and food handler cards required
  • Level 2 - Medium-Risk Establishment (2 times a year): medium to heavy preparation, single service tableware, Mgr. Certification and food handler cards required
  • Level 3 - Low-risk Establishment (1 time a year): sales mainly pre-packaged foods with little or no preparation

Any inspection report is a "snapshot" of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations. An inspection may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. At the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.

Certified Food Protection Manager & Food Handler Requirements:
The City of DeSoto requires at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility to be a certified Food Protection Manager. All food employees, except the certified food manager, shall successfully complete an accredited food handling training course.

The City of DeSoto only offers the Food Handler class with a minimum of ten (10) students. For more information on this course and other options please click here.

Report an unsanitary restaurant online here.