Food Inspections

The Consumer Health division inspects restaurants and other food establishments to keep Fort Worth residents safe from food-borne diseases. 


Violations found during the inspection are recorded as demerits and are separated into three groups. Priority Violations (3 demerits) – These violations are critical to ensuring the food served to the public is properly cooked and served in a safe and sanitary manner. Priority Foundation Violations (2 demerits) – These violations are critical to supporting the employee’s knowledge of procedures to provide safe food in a well equipped kitchen. Core Violations (1 demerit) – These violations are documented when the businesses are not maintaining their physical facilities and equipment to the minimum standards.

There is not a failing score. However, state law does indicate that when total demerits exceed 30, “the establishment shall initiate immediate corrective action on all identified critical violations and shall initiate corrective action on all other violations within 48 hours.”

It is important to remember that the scores here represent only a snapshot of the facility at the time the inspector arrived. The conditions could be better or worse while an inspector is not present.

Food Establishment Inspections

Food Safety Guide


How to Get Your City of Fort Worth Food Handlers Card


Step 1. Setup account

  • Buy the Food Handler Course
  • Buy the TABC Certification Online
  • Or buy both

Purchase your course

Step 2.Train  

  • 100% Online—Our entire food handlers card training course is offered online, so you can train on your computer, tablet, or smartphone wherever you'd like. 
  • Approved—With training that is both ANSI accredited and City of Fort Worth approved, you will learn everything you need to become an official food handler. 
  • Engaging—Experience industry-leading food handlers card training designed to not only help you learn what you need, but also keep you interested and engaged. 
  • Course Length—75 Minutes—You'll be surprised with how much you will learn about food safety in such a short amount of time.  

Step 3.Test

  • 2 Test Attempts
  • Our online test allows you 2 full attempts, giving you a greater chance to get your City of Fort Worth Food Handlers Card.
  • 70% to Pass—Everything on the test is covered in our approved training, helping you to be fully prepared to earn a passing score

Step 4.Print Certificate

  • Print from Home—You will be able to print your earned Fort Worth Food Handler Card straight from home, so you can get back to work right away.  
  • Valid for 2 Years—Your Fort Worth Food Handler Card will be valid for the next 2 years, which means you will be set for quite some time. 
  • Training Access for 1 Year—Automatically get one year of unlimited access to the training videos. Take your time through the course or come back after completion to brush up on your food safety knowledge!

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By mail

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Food Handler Certificates (valid for two years)

Food Handler Certificates (valid for two years):

  • Classes taught at Consumer Health’s main office. $16
  • Classes taught at the facility by Consumer Health staff: $16
    No payment accepted on-site. Payment due in full at Consumer Health’s main office (price per certificate).
  • Taught by contract trainer with approved Food Handler curriculum: $12
  • Fort Worth online Food Handler class: $10


Change of Ownership

Change of Ownership Fee: $125


Farmers market fees

  • Annual Farmers Market: no charge
  • Annual Farmers Market Food Vendor: $100

Note: A re-issuance fee of 15% of the past due permit amount will be applied to all permits paid after the expiration date.