Category Archive: Permits

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?

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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

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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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Feb 10

Best Value, Least Risk CFO Training

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By law, Cottage Food Operators (CFOs) in California must complete a food processor’s training course within 90 days of getting a CFO permit. In  San Diego you have two options, online classes approved by the state or classroom style classes approved by the county.  Online classes are faster, cheaper, and more convenient if you have …

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Jan 29

Latest News on CFO Training for San Diego

San Diego County Environmental Health Department is allowing more options for Cottage Food Operators who, by law, must complete a food processor’s course within three months of getting registered. BOTH the state’s list of accredited training (online) and the county’s list of (in-person) classroom trainings will be accepted for now. The state is working to …

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Jan 27

Training and the Food Handler’s card dilemma

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  Good news! CA Dept. Public Health, the group tasked with developing a food processor course for Cottage Food Operators, has decided that until they have more time to design a class, we only need to get a food handler’s card.  Here’s what is interesting… most of the state approved classes are not approved for …

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Jan 16

LABELS: Do Say, Don’t Say

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The labeling requirements for San Diego Cottage Foods are listed in the registration application–but there’s more that is required by state and federal law.  Also, some words should not be used to describe your product.  Save yourself time and trouble down the road by using these tips to get your label right from the start… …

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Jan 13

Tips to Getting Permitted


Cottage Foods Sandie got her Class B permit from San Diego Environmental Health on Friday.  There are a few delays you can avoid and ways to streamline your process if you want to make it easier on yourself.  For instance . . .   Your food product MUST be one of the foods on the CA …

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