Our Food Programs encompass restaurants, farmers markets, food trucks, community event booths, catering, and cottage foods. All food facilities are regulated through the California Retail Food Code (CALCODE).
Making Food in Your Home Kitchen: The Cottage Food Act
The Cottage Food Act allows for certain foods specified on the state approved list to be prepared in home kitchens. Cottage food operators (CFO's) must be registered/permitted through Placer County Environmental Health.
CFO's fall into one of two categories: Class A may only sell their goods directly to the consumer at such locations as Certified Farmers Markets, temporary events, and community events; Class B may also sell their goods directly to the consumer, or they may sell indirectly through a properly permitted third party retailer such as restaurants or markets.
If you are interested in becoming a CFO please review our flow chart to see if you qualify. You may also want to read over our FAQ's for more clarification and review the state approved list of cottage foods.
Please see our Permits, Forms & Fees link on the Environmental Health main page for permitting documents.
Catering vs. Cook-for-Hire
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.
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