Cottage Food Program

Cottage Food Bill Signed by Governor Brown -- Becomes Effective January 1, 2013 

Assembly Bill 1616-Cottage Food Operations (CFO) was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 21, 2012, and becomes effective January 1, 2013. This law allows certain non-potentially hazardous foods to be made in a private home and sold directly to consumers or restaurants and markets.

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

List of Cottage Food Operations (CFOs) permitted/registered in Sacramento County 10/13/2017

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

  • Sold directly from CFO to Consumer

​​CLASS B

  • Sold directly from CFO to Retail Food Facilities (e.g., markets, bakeries), and, optionally:
  • Sold directly from CFO to Consumer

​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

  • Cottage Food Program Change of Information form  Updated 4/14/2015
  •  Please call 916-875-8440 to inquire about Veterans benefits
  • Please note that if you wish to change your Class A Registration to a Class B Permit, you are required to apply and pay for a new Class B Permit.
  • Cottage Food Program Change of Information form  Updated 4/14/2015
  • 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.

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@saccounty.net