Cottage Food Operations

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

Qualifying as a Cottage Food Operator

The following is an overview of the requirements. For the complete text of the law, please view California State Assembly Bill 1616.

CriteriaClass AClass B
Cottage FoodSold directly from Cottage Food Operation (CFO) to ConsumerSold directly from CFO to Retail Food Facilities (e.g., markets, bakeries), and, optionally:

Sold directly from CFO to Consumer
Approved FoodsBaked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc. (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list (PDF) 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 (PDF) 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 and FeesAnnual registration fee

Submit a copy of a product label

Submit a copy of Food Handler Certificate within three months of registration (in lieu of the Food Processor Course)

CFO Registration Class A (PDF)

Planning Department Authorization Form (PDF)
Annual permit fee

Submit a copy of a product label

Submit a copy of Food Handler Certificate within three months of registration (in lieu of the Food Processor Course)

CFO Permit Application Class B (PDF)

Planning Department Authorization Form (PDF)
InspectionsConsumer Complaint InspectionsConsumer 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

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

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:

  • Riley Hebb
  • Napa County Planning, Building and Environmental Services Department
    1195 Third Street
    Suite 201
    Napa, CA 94559
  • Phone: 707-299-1334
  • Email Riley Hebb

Links

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