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Is anyone familiar with the cottage food law in California?  I just moved here and I am trying to decipher if and how I can sell cakes and cupcakes.  Thanks!!!

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post #2 of 27
What is it you need to know? My county health department was the first place I went for information. They gave me all they could & then directed me to all the other offices I needed to contact to become legal.
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I haven't heard anything for a while on this subject.  CA is one of the stricter states from what I'm told.  What area are you in.  In Los Angeles you could start with the health dept because they will be the ones you deal with most.

 

I don't think we're anywhere ready to have home kitchens just yet.

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I thought it was almost too easy to get started. I'm in northern California, & it took me one day of driving around town getting all my stuff together. (My town is the county seat, so many offices are nearby.)
There isn't a mandated class to take for CFLs yet, so a regular food safety course is enough so far.
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Yes Pam, but what about inspections and fees?  They wait time is horrible and the fees are astronomical, its ridiculous.

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post #7 of 27

Your county health department is your best bet for information. The way the counties are interpreting the new law varies widely. Some, I hear, are flat out nightmares. Others, like mine, are fairly easy going. Here in my county (Santa Barbara) the process for obtaining a Class A permit (Selling directly to the consumer) is fairly simple. You take a food safety course online. You apply for the permit and do a self certification check list online and send it to the county electronically for approval. Approval takes just a few days. My county is not currently charging anything for a Class A permit. There is also a facebook page called Creating Your California Cottage Food Business that might be beneficial for you to join. There are a lot of folks on there from all different counties in California who are going through the process and some who have completed the process and are now open for business and have been for a couple of months now. In any case, your first stop for information should probably be your county health department to find out what their policies, procedures and fees are.

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Many people are already up and running with cottage food businesses in CA, as said above the process will depend on your county. Inspections are not required at all for Class A businesses, and health dept fees are usually only a few hundred dollars.

There is an active FB group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Creatingyourcaliforniacottagefoodbusiness/
post #9 of 27
I've been working for a few months now. Like I said before, all the running around I had to do was done in a day. The only waiting was for the water test because I'm on a well. That was two days. There aren't fees for a class A CFL yet, in this county.
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Don't know where you are, but we have a lot of useful information on www.sdcottagefoods.com  Though designed for San Diego, much of the information is applicable across the state. You would need your own county forms, though! Let us know if we can help in any way. Our goal is to support and encourage CFOs!
 

post #11 of 27

@auntginn:  All depends on where you are... some counties have no fees for Class A. San Diego issues permits on the spot and schedules inspections for Class B.  At least they did at the beginning.
 

post #12 of 27
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Thank you everyone!!! I just relocated to San Diego from NJ.  I am totally overwhelmed with everything (in a GREAT way) so I appreciate the guidance on where to start!!!! 

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post #13 of 27

You just missed the San Diego Cake Club meeting last night...hope to see you there some time.  We had a food safety course for club members in January so lots of members can help you with the CFL.

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Oh.. I wish we had a cake club in our area.  The last time I checked it was in Orange County.

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Thank you everyone!!! I just relocated to San Diego from NJ.  I am totally overwhelmed with everything (in a GREAT way) so I appreciate the guidance on where to start!!!! 

 

Hey Christine! Welcome to So CAL! Just an FYI, there are some great farmer's markets in SD, but the best one is saturday mornings in Little Italy. Check it out if you get the chance, it goes til 1pm. I'm in OC, but I travel to SD almost every weekend. Please let me know if you have trouble finding anything 

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