Category Archive: Getting Started

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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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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Sep 04

Labeling News

  Getting product labels approved for your San Diego Cottage Food Operation is one of the bigger challenges owners face to getting their applications approved or renewed. Modified label requirements can impact both the design of your labels, and whether or not they get approved. Learn what is new for labels before you waste a …

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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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Mar 04

Pricing Your Product

There is no sense having a business that eats you out of house and home.  Why work so hard making great food, then sell it at a loss?  Do you know how much it costs you to produce your product?  How much time it takes to make your goods?  How much your competitors’ products cost? …

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Jan 16

LABELS: Do Say, Don’t Say

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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