California Homemade Food Act (AB1616) - Cottage Food Operations is a law that became effective January 1, 2013. A Cottage Food Operation is an enterprise at a private home within the State of California where low risk food products are prepared or packaged for sale to consumers.
Please note that if you conduct point of service sales outside your home at a community event (farmer’s market or a festival/fair), you will need an additional permit that is not covered under the Cottage Food Law. For that, please go to our Temporary Food Facilities page.
Approved Cottage Foods
Cottage Food Operations Application Packet
Cottage Food Operations Renewal Form
CDPH Cottage Food Website
Cottage Food Operations Self Certification Form