Like traditional retail food sales, Caterers are subject to guidelines from The California Retail Food Code (CALCODE).
One of the largest areas for confusion is what a Caterer is considered vs Cook for Hire. CALCODE provides clear guidelines regarding which each is considered.
Caterer & Cook For Hire Definitions (.pdf 134 KB)
Catering Guidelines (.pdf 162 KB)
Cook For Hire Statement (.pdf 110 KB) A statment signed and dated by the applicant that states they understand the differences between a Caterer and a Cook For Hire. It includes a scope of business as well.