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Caterers prepare food from a permitted facility and supply food and related services including, but not limited to, off premises private or public catered functions.  Caterers are subject to the California Retail Food Code as outlined in CCDEH's Catering Guidelines, and must acquire a valid Health Permit (submit permit application, fees, and signed Commisary Verification form) and Food Safety Managers Certificate.

Cooks-for-Hire are individuals hired to prepare and/or serve food at a private function.  All food prepared by a cook-for-hire is handled at the location of the private function.  No food is stored, prepared, or handled at the private home of the cook-for-hire.  Cooks-for-Hire are NOT required to obtain a Health Permit, but must fill out a Cook For Hire Statement in order for their Business License Application to be signed off on.