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This handout was developed to help inform you of the requirements of a retail food business in El Dorado County. The El Dorado County, Environmental Management Department, Environmental Health Division, permits and regulates all retail food facilities and establishments in the County. These facilities are regulated under the California Retail Food Code (CRFC), an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code. The Environmental Health Division is made up of Environmental Health Specialists that are divided into separate geographical districts. Your district Environmental Health Specialist will be determined by the area in which your business is located. After reading this guide, any specific questions about your business should be referred to your district Environmental Health Specialist. When is a Health Permit Required? Any storing, preparing, serving, manufacturing, packaging, transporting, salvaging, or handling food for dispensing or sale directly to the consumer requires a health permit from this office. The health permit has an annual fee based on the type of business and the size of the facility. What is My Business? This should be your first question. Are you planning on a wholesale or retail operation? Will you be in a building, or will you be mobile? How large is the facility? What are you planning on selling? Are you catering? Are you processing? Each answer to these questions help to determine the specific type of permit required.
!!! Please be aware that it is unlawful to operate any retail food business from your home !!!
What about Food Handler Certification? State law mandates that certain food facilities are required to have at least one owner or employee who has successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination. The certification is valid for five years, and is issued to the individual who passes the exam. If that person leaves employment, the facility must obtain another certified person within 60 days. The certified owner/employee is responsible for the safety of food preparation and service, including employee education. What is Required in a Change of Ownership? If you are the new owner of a retail business, you are required by this office to apply for a new health permit. You will be asked to submit a health permit application and pay an annual permit fee. As a new owner, you may be required to upgrade the facility. (It is strongly suggested that you review the facility file prior to closing the deal - there may be specific requirements that demand correction upon new ownership). If there are any changes to occur, the district EHS should be notified so the proposed changes can be reviewed and approved. There may need to be a plan review. Some examples of these changes are:
What is "Plan Review"? Submission of plans is a requirement upon the proposal of a new or remodeled retail food operation. The plans need to be reviewed and approved by this office before any construction takes place.There is a plan review fee involved. Some examples of when a plan review is required are:
If you have any questions, or you need additional information, please contact El Dorado County, Environmental Management Department, Environmental Health Division, at (530) 621-5300 for Placerville or (530 )573-3450 for Tahoe. We would be happy to help you!