Category Archive: Permits

Apr 13

What Can I Make?

California has a list of approved cottage foods that is more diverse than probably any other state. A lot of different foods can be made, but many cannot. What can, and cannot, be made for sale under a cottage food license in CA? Approved foods include the standard baked goods like muffins, cookies, and cakes, but …

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Mar 29

Revised Fees Discussion!

YOUR INPUT NEEDED for Current and New CFO Application Fees On March 15, 2017 the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to return to the Board with proposed fee adjustments for cottage food operators after further consideration of alternatives.   DEH-FHD is holding a Cottage Food Stakeholder Meeting on Monday, April 10, 2017 …

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Mar 16

Proposed CFO fee increases sent back to DEH for review, possible adjustment

Way to respond, San Diego CFOs! Your petition, calls, emails and comments to the San Diego Board of Supervisors resulted in them sending the proposed fee structure for CFOs back to Dept. Environmental Health Food and Housing Division for review and possible reduction. We will work with the department to see if there is more …

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Feb 27

Time to Speak Up

The CA Cottage Food Law (AB1616) was specifically established to promote the creation of small businesses and the growth of home-based businesses that contribute to the health, prosperity, and well being of Californians. The San Diego County Dept. of Environmental Health Food & Housing Department wants to raise fees for new CFO applications by more …

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Jan 26

SPECIAL MEETING for CFOs w/the SD Health, Food & Housing Division

We have arranged a SPECIAL MEETING with the San Diego Dept Environmental Health, Food and Housing Division to express displeasure and discuss ways to avoid the drastic 50%+ Fee Increase proposed by DEH for cottage food permits. The meeting is scheduled for next Friday, FEB 3, 2017 at NOON at the main office 5500 Overland Ave #170, San Diego, CA …

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Feb 16

New for San Diego CFOs in 2015

Hard to believe but we are starting the third year of growing small businesses, establishing entrepreneurs and being able to legally sell food made in our own home kitchens! Each year changes take place in the details of how to do that, so here are some things to know when starting or renewing in 2015: …

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Feb 22

Lessons Learned at Permit Renewal

It has been just over a year since the implementation of AB1616 which spawned a California Cottage Food industry. Now, entrepreneurial foodies can start a business making certain foods at home for sale to the public. Last year was a year of growth and learning for everyone.  Some updates and refinements have been made. What’s …

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Aug 28

State vs. Local Laws – Which Prevail?

According to California’s Homemade Food Bill (also known as CA’s Cottage Food law, AB1616), local governments cannot outlaw or prohibit Cottage Food Operations (CFOs) through zoning laws.  Municipalities can, however, regulate “…spacing and concentration, traffic control, parking, and noise control relating to those homes.”  The law was written, in part, to encourage the startup of …

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May 06

Passing Inspection for Class B CFO Permit

All Class B CFOs must have their kitchens inspected annually in order to receive their permit. Wondering how to pass your Inspection? Cottage Foods Sandie has some tips and insights to make sure there are no hidden surprises! The main point of the inspection is to ensure that the public health is protected. That means …

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Apr 16

Selling Your Product: Farmer’s Markets

The real question for most California Cottage Food Operators is how and where do I sell my homemade foods?  Farmer’s Markets, where people knowingly come to sample and buy food, is often the first place people plan to sell.  But getting into a market is not always as “easy as pie.” Here are some points …

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