Cottage Food Program

The California Homemade Food Act became effective on January 1, 2013. This act allows foods that fit under the cottage food definition to be made in private homes and sold to the public. All individuals who operate this type of home-based businesses are known as Cottage Food Operators (CFOs). Please note the following:

  1. Cottage Food Operators can only prepare non-potentially hazardous foods in the home where they reside and operate the CFO business.
  2. The home kitchen must be used to prepare, package, store, and handle cottage food products, the ingredients, and the equipment used to make the products.
  3. All other attached rooms within the same home can only be used for storage.
  4. The food that is prepared must be listed on the State’s approved list of food products (refer to the table below).
  5. The type of CFO permit and application process is determined by how the food is sold. 
    • Selling directly to the consumer only: Class A
    • Selling directly and/or indirectly (through another party) to the consumer: Class B

Do you qualify as a Cottage Food Operation? Follow the CCDEH Flowchart  to find out.

The following is an overview of requirements. For the complete text of the law, please view: California State Assembly Bill No. 1616.

​Cottage Food

​CLASS A

Direct sales can be made:

  • From your home
  • At holiday bazaar or temporary events, bake sales or food swaps*
  • At far stands and Certified Farmers' Markets*

*Additional permits may be required for these events

​​CLASS B

A "Class B" CFO can sell cottage foods directly to the consumer, as with Class A and may also sell indirectly to consumers.  In additional to direct sales, indirect sales can be made to:

  • Permitted Restaurant
  • Permitted grocery/food market retail
  • Permitted mobile food fcility (i. e. food trucks)

​Approved Foods

​Baked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc. (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list  for complete list)

Please note:  Cannabis-infused edibles are not an approved cottage food product.

​Baked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc. (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list for complete list)

Please note:  Cannabis-infused edibles are not an approved cottage food product.

Gross Sales Limit

  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond
  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond

​Application Process & Fees

FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS ONLY
(for Renewals see bel​​ow)


 


 

Annual Renewal Process & Fees
  • Please call 916-875-8440 to inquire about Veterans benefits
  • Please note that if you wish to change your Class B Permit to a Class A Registration, you are required to apply and pay for a new Class A Registration.

​Inspections

  • ​Consumer Complaint Inspections
  • ​Consumer Complaint Inspections
  • Annual Routine Inspection
    An initial/routine inspection of a Class B CFO must be performed in order to obtain a permit to operate.


 

​​​​​​​​​​​​List of Cottage Food Operations (CFOs) permitted/registered in Sacramento County​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  Updated 04/03​​​​​​​​/2020​

Applications

Additional Requirements

Check with your local City or County regarding required Business licenses

Additional Information

Handouts

Further Information

For additional information about the Cottage Food Program, please contact EMD at the address below:

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department
Environmental Health Division
10590 Armstrong Avenue
Mather, CA 95655-4153

916-875-8440
916-875-8513 (fax)
CottageFood@saccount​​y.net