Before you learn how to start a catering business in Texas, you will have to deal with a number of state agencies. Texas is very strict about their food establishments. This includes mobile units from which catering is normally accomplished. You will need to gather information for each aspect of the licensing process. The great news is once established, renewal is not for two years and is much simpler than negotiating the original license.
- Texas sales and use tax permit. Everyone who engages in business in Texas must have a Taxpayer ID number. You will need to fill out an application with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. You can go to their official website to file online. You will need names and social security numbers of all owners as well as a NAICS Code. The North American industry Classification System (NAICS) code is used to identify the type of business you are establishing. You will have to sign and either fax or mail the application to their offices. It will take about two weeks to receive your Texas Taxpayer ID Number.
- You will need to have health and safety inspection certificates to get your establishment license. You will also need a food handler's license from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Earn your food handler's license by applying and testing at an authorized establishment. This will ensure public safety where food is handled for consumption. Site inspections are normally carried out by the city authority where the establishment is located.
- Once you have your certificates of inspection, Tax ID Number and health inspection certificates, you can fill out the application for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Now that you have met all the legal requirements to starting your catering business in Texas, you can begin advertising, developing menus and catering events in Texas.