The Cottage Food Act allows for certain state approved foods (PDF) to be prepared in home kitchens. Cottage Food Operations (CFO) must be registered/permitted through Placer County Environmental Health.
CFOs 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.
Please see our permits, forms and fees page for permitting documents.
- When did the Cottage Food Act (AB1616) go into effect?
- What is a Cottage Food Operation (CFO)?
- What is meant by a "private home"?
- Can a CFO have employees?
- Are there limitations on the size of a CFO's sales?
- What kinds of foods can be made at a CFO?
- What are the two classifications of CFOs?
- What is meant by "direct sale" of cottage food?
- What is meant by "indirect sale" of cottage food?
- What are the CFO's operational requirements?
- Do I need any special training or certification to become a CFO?
- Can I expand my home kitchen area square footage to accommodate my cottage food operation?
- Does a CFO need a permit to operate?
- How much will the registration or permit cost the CFO?
- Will my CFO registration/permit allow me to sell at other retail venues?
- Can I sell my cottage foods products online?
- If I have CFO registration or permit from another county other than Placer County, can I sell my products in Placer County?
- How often will a CFO be inspected?
- What are my food labeling requirements?
- I want to become a CFO, what should I do now?
- Is there a printable version of the FAQs?