Cottage Food

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Cottage Food Operations

 

 

 

As of Jan. 1, 2013, State law was changed to allow private homes to be used for preparation and packaging of some food products for sale to consumers under certain conditions.

 

Do you qualify as a Cottage Food Operator? 

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)

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)

 Gross Sales Limit

  • $35,000 or less in gross sales in 2013
  • $45,000 or less in gross sales in 2014
  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond
  • $35,000 or less in gross sales in 2013
  • $45,000 or less in gross sales in 2014
  • $50,000 or less in gross sales in 2015 and beyond

 Application
&
Fees

 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.

 

 

 

Current Documents:

Application Forms:

Cottage Food Operation Planning Department Authorization Form

Cottage Food Operation Registration Class A

Cottage Food Operation Permit Application Class B

Cottage Food Operations Guidelines 

 

For additional information about the Cottage Food Program, please contact the Napa County Environmental Health Division:

            Napa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services

            Environmental Health Division

            1195 Third Street, Room 210

            Napa, CA 94559

            (707) 253-4471

 

Additional Requirements:

Contact your local city and county planning agencies and finance departments regarding Use Permits and Business Licenses

For a CFO operating in a residence located only in unincorporated areas outside the city limits of Napa, American Canyon, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, contact:

Terri Abraham
Napa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department
1195 Third St., Suite 201
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 299-1331 or terri.abraham@countyofnapa.org 

Links:

California Department of Public Health - Cottage Food

AB1616 - Cottage Food Law

 

Napa County Cottage Food Operations Zoning Ordinance (for unincorporated areas outside the city limits of Napa, American Canyon, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga only).