Applications available at!

3089_71483951529_3081352_aApplications for Cottage Food permits weren’t even online yet at the San Diego Environmental Health website, but you could download a copy from us!   Applications can be picked up in person or just link to our copies below.  To help decide which permit is best for you, see Class A vs B Cottage Food Permits.   Downloads:

Tip: You will need theAssessor’s Parcel Number for your residence which can be found here by typing in your street address and zip code. FOR A CLASS A PERMIT you will need to fill out BOTH the registration form and the Self-Inspection checklist. Cost for annual permit is $142. FOR A CLASS B PERMIT, fill out the registration form and the Health Permit Application. Cost for the permit is $284 annually. Tip for filling out the Health Permit for Class B Permit:  Check the box for “Class B Cottage Food” Operation in the first section.  Then you need ONLY FILL OUT the business information and  ignore the sections for food facility and below.  Be sure to sign it!!) When complete, take the forms, your sample labels and your cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card into the office in person (no option to fax, email, or register online).  While there is a San Marcos office, applications are still only accepted (as of Sept. 2014) at the San Diego office:


5500 OVERLAND AVE # 170



  • Your foods are on the California state approved food list.
  • A cottage food operation is allowed by your local zoning department.
  • You have completed and signed a) The Class A Permit registration form and the Self-Inspection Checklist for a Class A permit OR b) The Class B application and the Health Permit application.
  • You have sample copies of your labels for each product and flavor variation
  • You have cash, check, debit/credit card, or money order made out to San Diego Environmental Health Dept. for the appropriate fee ($142 for Permit A or $284 for Permit B).

If you have more questions, email us or call the Specialist on Duty at the Health Department, Food and Housing Division, (858) 505 6900. Let’s get rollin’!


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    • J.C. Mayfield on March 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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    Just wanted to say thanks for the website. It has been very helpful in my search for information in this matter.

    J.C. Mayfield
    Homesteaders Pantry

    1. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Sara on May 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm
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    Agree with J.C., your website has been EXTREMELY helpful!! I can’t wait to get my product out there and make my dream a reality!

    1. Glad to help–Looking forward to your success!

  1. I agree. I totally owe you a coffee, bottle of wine and a dozen pretzels….tremendous help even though I’m late to the game

    • Jacintha on July 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    Is there any information posted on the fees for the annual inspection? Thank you.

    1. Costs are covered in your permit B fee. Hence, the justification for the B permit being 2x the cost of an A permit in San Diego.

    • Alice Rivera on April 20, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    I don’t understand what is the accessor parcel number? I went to type in my address and the message I receive is that the record is not found. Any help would be appreciated!

    1. The assessor parcel number is the property number the county uses to identify your property. You can find it on your property tax bill, or go to (accept the user agreement to proceed) to input your address. If you can’t find it there for some reason, try Google searching “your address +apn” If you STILL cannot find it, contact us again.

        • Alice Rivera on April 21, 2017 at 6:54 am
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        I am renting my place so I dont have a property tax bill. Do you have to own your property in order to apply for a cottage license?

        1. You do not have to own your home to get a CFO license. (If your landlord opposes it, though, it could be an issue.) You can find your property’s APN by going to (accept the user agreement to proceed) to input your address. If you can’t find it there for some reason, try Google searching “your address +apn” If you STILL cannot find it, contact us again.

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