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.
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
An initial/routine inspection of a Class B CFO must be performed in order to obtain a permit to operate.
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
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 AbrahamNapa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department1195 Third St., Suite 201Napa, CA 94559(707) 299-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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).