Cottage Food Operations

California Homemade Food Act (AB1616) - Cottage Food Operations is a new law that became effective January 1, 2013.  A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home where low risk food products are prepared or packaged for sale to consumers.

Two classes of Cottage Food Operations

  • Class A - Direct sales (sell products from home)  Class "A" requires an annual Cottage Food Operation Form to be filled out along with a Food Facility Permit Application
  • Class B - Direct sales (sell products from home) and indirect sales (sell to third party businesses) Class "B" requires annual permitting and inspections to be performed and the following forms need to be completed:  Cottage Food Operation Form and Food Facility Permit Application.  

Button blue square Approved Cottage Foods - Updated 1/1/2017

Button blue squareAvoiding the Passage of Infectious Diseases During Food Preparation

Button blue squareAssembly Bill 1616, Chapter 415 (Food Safety, Cottage Food Operations)

Button blue squareAssembly Bill 1252 CalCode Changes, Effective January 1, 2014I

Button blue squareCottage Food Operations - CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH)

Button blue square Forms