Where to Start?

Step 1 - Read about California's Cottage Food Law to fully understand the provisions of the law.  This information can be found on the California Department of Public Health's website.  Click on this link to learn more.

Step 2 - Determine if the county you live in allows Cottage Food Operations.  You will need to check your local Department of Environmental Health.  Contact information for California's Departments of Environmental Health by county is provided below. 

Step 3 - Determine if the item you want to make qualifies as a low-risk, non-potentially hazardous food. If you don't see what you want to make on the list, call your local Department of Environmental Health to discuss your product. 

Step 4 - Determine if you want a Class A permit (direct sales only) or Class B (direct and indirect sales) permit.

Step 5 - Complete and return the Cottage Food Operation application for your county to your local Department of Environmental Health.

Step 6 - Check with your local city for zoning and additional requirements.

Step 7 - Complete a food processor's class within 3 months after you receive your cottage food operation permit.  If you already completed a food processor's class, check with your county to determine if they will accept your certificate. 

Step 8 - Launch and grow your business! 

California's Departments of Environmental Health by County

 Alameda County

Alameda County Environmental Health
1131 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502-6577
Phone:  (510) 567-6700
Website link 

Alpine County
Department of Environmental Health & Human Services
75 Diamond Valley Road
Markleeville, CA 96120
Phone:  (530) 694-2235
Website link 

Amador County
Department of Environmental Health
810 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642
Phone:  (209) 223-6439
Website link 

Butte County
Department of Environmental Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone:  (530) 891-2727 or (530) 538-7281
Website link 

Calaveras County
Department of Environmental Health
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone:  (209) 754-6399
Website link  

Colusa County
Department of Environmental Health
124 East Webster Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone:  (530) 458-0395
Website link 

Contra Costa County
Department of Environmental Health
Contra Costa Health Services
50 Douglas Drive
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone:  (925) 692-2500
Website link 

Del Norte County
Department of Environmental Health
981 H Street, Suite 110
Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone:  (707) 465-0426
Website link 

Fresno County
Department of Environmental Health
1221 Fulton Mall, Third Floor
P.O. Box 11867
Fresno, CA 93775-1867
Phone:  (559) 600-3357
Website link 

Glenn County

Department of Environmental Health
257 North Villa Avenue
Willows, CA 95988
Phone:  (530) 934-6102
Website link 

Humboldt County
Department of Environmental Health
100 H Street St., Suite 100
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone:  707 445-6215
Website link

Imperial County
Public Health Department, Environmental Health & Consumer Protection Services
935 Broadway
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone:  (760) 482-4438
Website link 

Inyo County
Department of Environmental Health
168 N. Edwards Street
P.O. Box 427
Independence, CA 93526
Phone:  (760) 878-0264 or (760) 878-0238
Website link 

Kern County
Department of Environmental Health
1800 Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone:  (661) 868-0301
Website link 

Kings County
Department of Environmental Health
330 Campus Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
Phone:  (559) 584-1411
Website link 

Lake County
Department of Environmental Health
922 Bevins Court
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone:  (707) 263-1164
Website link 

Lassen County
Department of Environmental Health
1445 Paul Bunyan Road
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone:  (530) 251-8183
Website link 


Los Angeles
County (*except Long Beach)
Department of Public Health Environmental Health
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone:  (888) 700-9995
Website link 

*Long Beach
Department of Environmental Health
2525 Grand Ave., Room 220
Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone:  (562) 570-4132
Website link

Madera County

200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
Phone:  (559) 675-7703
Website link


Marin
County
Department of Environmental Health
3501 Civic Center Drive, 236
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone:  (415) 473-6907
Website link 

Mariposa County

Department of Environmental Health
5100 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338
Phone:  (209) 966-3222
Website link 

Mendocino County
Department of Environmental Health
501 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone:  (707) 234-6625
Website link 

Merced County
260 E. 15th Street
Merced, CA 95341
Phone:  (800) 734-7391 or (209) 381-1100
Website link 

Modoc County
Department of Environmental Health
202 West 4th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Phone:  (530) 233-6310
Website link 

Mono County
Department of Environmental Health
Bridgeport Health Department
199 Twin Lakes Road
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone:  (760) 932-5580
Website link 

Monterey County

Monterey County Health Department
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone:  (831) 755-4500
Website link

Napa County

County Administrative Building
1195 Third Street, 2nd Floor
Napa, CA 94559
Phone:  (707) 253-4471
Website link 

Nevada County
Environmental Health Department
950 Maidu Ave, Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959-8617
Phone:  (530) 265-1222
Website link 

Orange County

Health Care Agency Environmental Health
1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 120
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone:  (714) 433-6000
Website link 

Placer County
Department of Environmental Health
3091 County Center Dr. Suite 180
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone:  (530) 745-2300
Website link

Plumas
County
Department of Environmental Health
270 County Hospital Road, Suite 127
Quincy, CA 95971
Phone:  (530) 283-6355
Website link

Riverside County
Department of Environmental Health
4065 County Circle Drive, Room 104
Riverside, CA 92503
Phone:  (888) 722-4234
Website link 

Sacramento County
Department of Environmental Health
10590 Armstrong Avenue

Mather, CA 95655-4153

Phone:  (916) 875-8484

Website link 

San Benito County
1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 101
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 636-4035
Website link

San Bernardino County

Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services
County Government Center
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Phone:  (800) 442-2283
Website link 

San Diego County
Environmental Health Office
5500 Overland Avenue, #170
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone:  (858) 505-6900
Website link

San Francisco (*except Berkeley)
Environmental Health Section
Attn: Food Safety Program
1390 Market Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone:  (415) 252-3981
Website link 

*Berkeley
Department of Environmental Health
1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 981-5310
Website link

San Joaquin County
1868 E. Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone:  (209) 468-3420
Website link

San Luis Obispo County
Environmental Health Services
2156 Sierra Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone:  (805) 781-5552
Website link 

San Mateo County
Environmental Health Services Division
2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone:  (650) 372-6200
Website link 

Santa Barbara County
Environmental Health Services
2125 Centerpointe Pkwy, Suite 333
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone:  (805) 681-4900
Website link 

Santa Clara County
Department of Environmental Health
1555 Berger Drive, Bldg #2, 3rd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone:  (408) 918-3400
Website link 

Santa Cruz County
Department of Environmental Health
701 Ocean Street, Room 312
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone:  (831) 454-2022
Website link 

Shasta County
Department of Environmental Health
1855 Placer Street, Suite 201
Redding, CA 96001
Phone:  (530) 225-5787
Website link 

Sierra County
Department of Environmental Health
350 Third Street, P.O. Box 7
Loyalton, CA 96118
Phone:  (530) 993-6701
Website link 

Siskiyou County
Environmental Health Division
806 South Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
Phone:  (530) 841-2100
Website link 

Solano County
Department of Resource Management Environmental Health Division
675 Texas Street, Suite 5500
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone:  (707) 784-6765
Website link 

Sonoma County
Department of Environmental Health
Environmental Health and Safety Programs
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 565-6565
Website link 

Stanislaus County
Department of Environmental Resources
3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite C
Modesto, CA 95358
Phone:  (209) 525-6700
Website link 

Sutter County
Department of Environmental Health
1130 Civic Center Blvd. Suite A
Yuba City, CA 95993
Phone:  (530) 822-7400
Website link 

Tehama County
Department of Environmental Health
633 Washington Street - Room 36
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone:  (530) 527-8020
Website link

Trinity County

Trinity County Planning Department
60 Glen Road (was 190 Glen Rd.)
P.O. Box 2819
Weaverville, CA 96093
Phone:  (530) 623-1354
Website link 

Tulare County
Department of Environmental Health
5957 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA  93277
Phone:  (559) 624-7400
Website link

Tuolumne County
Department of Environmental Health
48 West Yaney St.
Sonora, Ca
Phone: (209) 533-5633
Website link

Ventura County
Department of Environmental Health
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
Phone:  (805) 654-2813
Website link

Yolo County
Department of Environmental Health
137 N. Cottonwood Street, Suite 2400
Woodland, CA 95695

Phone:  (530) 666-8646

Website link 

Yuba County
Department of Environmental Health
915 8th Street, Suite 123
Marysville, CA 95901
Phone:  (530) 749-5450
Website link 

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