Food Safety & Restaurant Scores

The City of Coppell Food Program is responsible for protecting the public health by inspecting for food safety in:

  • Daycares
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Other retail food establishments

A food establishment health permit is required for all businesses or organizations that provide perishable foods, whether prepackaged or non-prepackaged, to the public. Permanent establishments, as well as temporary events, are required to apply for a food permit, regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.

Rules & Ordinances

Certified Food Protection Manager & Food Handler Requirements

The City of Coppell requires at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility to be a Certified Food Protection Manager. Visit Texas Health and Human Services' Food Manager Certification page for more information on Certified Food Protection Manager recognized exams and testing agencies.

All food employees, except for the certified food manager, shall successfully complete an accredited food handling training course. Visit Texas Health and Human Services' Food Handler Training Programs page for more information on Certified Food Protection Manager recognized exams and testing agencies.

Cottage Food Operators

Home food preparation is not allowed in the State of Texas except foods that fall under the Texas Cottage Food Law.

A cottage food production operation is defined as an individual, operating out of the individual's home, who:

  • Produces a baked good, candy, coated and uncoated nuts, unroasted nut butters, fruit butters, a canned jam or jelly, a fruit pie, dehydrated fruit or vegetables, including dried beans, popcorn and popcorn snacks, cereal, including granola, dry mix, vinegar, pickles, mustard, roasted coffee or dry tea, or a dried herb or dried herb mix
  • Has an annual gross income of $50,000 or less from the sale of the described foods
  • Sells the foods produced directly to consumers at the individual's home, a farmers' market, a farm stand, or a municipal, county, or nonprofit fair, festival or event
  • Delivers products to the consumer at the point of sale or another location designated by the consumer

View Cottage Food Production Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

Food Inspection Results

Food establishment inspections are the primary tool for detecting procedures and practices that may be hazardous. The restaurant scores are used as a tool by the City to place a value on compliance to the regulations, educate the operators, and thereby encourage corrective action. It should not be assumed that the inspection results reflect how an establishment always operates.

The City of Coppell uses a 100-point scoring system during each unannounced routine inspection. A score below 70 may be grounds for the closing of the establishment. Every violation noted is debited using a weighted scale (1 to 5) based on severity. The frequency of inspections is based on each establishment's potential "risk." The "risk" is based on type of food preparation, volume of customers and previous inspection scores. Unannounced scoring inspections are conducted from two to four times per year based on the calculated "risk" of the establishment.

View the latest Food Inspection Results (PDF).