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On this page, you will find information about applying for a food health permit, operating and maintaining a food facility, rules and regulations, and resource materials from outside the County of San Diego.  There is also information and guides for consumers regarding health safety.

WHAT'S NEW

New HACCP Guidance

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Flow Chart:  PDF
HACCP Checklist (Local - DEH FHD Reviews):  PDF
Specialized Process Questionnaire Form:  PDF
Specialized Process Application Form:  PDF
 

COTTAGE FOOD OPERATIONS

For more information regarding the Cottage Food Program, click HERE

All paperwork for Cottage Food Operations must be submitted in person, by the applicant, for review by this department at our Kearny Mesa Location (5500 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123)

 

Publication Categories
Forms & ApplicationsRules & Regulations
Operating InformationIndustry Resources

Forms and Applications

Commissary Agreement:  PDF
Culinary Garden Agreement:  PDF
Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) Intake Form:  PDF
Food Facility Plan Check Application:  PDF
Facility Fee Schedule:  PDF
Facility Plan Check Fee Schedule:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Worksheet:  PDF
Public Health Permit Application:  PDF
Public Records Request Form:  PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Registration Form: PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Self Inspection Checklist: Class A - Self Inspection Checklist

Temporary Food Facility Sponsor Application:  PDF
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Application:  PDF
 

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Operating Information

Guide to Opening a New Food Business in San Diego County:PDF
Retail Food Facility Operator's Guide:English (PDF)  Spanish (PDF)
 Chinese (PDF)  Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Handler Training Schools:PDF
Food Handler Training Booklets:English (PDF)  Spanish (PDF)
 Chinese (PDF)  Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Facility Consultations:  PDF
Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist:  PDF
Food Facility Food Temperature Log:PDF
Wholesale Food Warehouse Risk Control Plan:PDF
Culinary Garden AgreementPDF
Community Garden GuidelinePDF

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Guidelines and Brochures

California Department of Public Health: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility: PDF
Food Safety Guide for Non-Profit Organizations that Distribute Food:  PDF
Food Labeling Guide:  PDF
Guidelines for Allowing Dogs into Outdoor Patio Dining: PDF
Guidelines for California Food Handler Card Law:  PDF
Guidelines for Determining Approved Food Sources: PDF
Insider's Guide to Handwashing:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control:  PDF
Rapid Cooling: PDF
Saving Water Today to Make a Less Thirsty Future:  PDF
Shellfish Warning Signs:  PDF
Time as a Public Health Control (TPHC):  PDF
Trans-Fat Fact Sheet:  PDF
Wiping Cloths:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
 

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Food Safety

Food Defense & Security:  PDF
Food Safety During a Power Outage: VIDEO
Food Security Self-Assessment (US Department of Agriculture):  PDF
Safe Cheese:  HHSA English (PDF)  HHSA Spanish (PDF)  English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Safe Handling of Eggs:  PDF
Safe Handling of Raw Produce & Juices (FDA):  PDF

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New HACCP Guidance

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Flow Chart:  PDF
HACCP Checklist (Local - DEH FHD Reviews):  PDF
Specialized Process Questionnaire Form:  PDF
Specialized Process Application Form:  PDF
 

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Plan Check

Food Facility Plan Check Application: PDF
Plan Check Review Reference Guidelines - Does your facility require Plan Check Review? PDF
Guide to Opening a New Food Business: PDF
Food Facility Plan Review Guide: PDF
Plan Check Fee Schedule: PDF
Construction & Operational Guide for Mobile Food Facilities and Mobile Support Units: PDF
Retail Market Conversions For Fresh Produce: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Operations FAQ: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Operational Procedures: PDF
Acceptable Floor Materials: PDF
Grease Trap Policy: PDF

CCDEH Guidelines for Plan Check:
Buffet service guidelines: PDF
Mechanical exhaust ventilation systems: PDF
Water heater sizing guidelines: PDF
Open-air BBQ guidelines: PDF
 

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Mobile Food Facilities

Mobile Food Presentation for Industry:  PDF
Presentación para la Industria de Unidades de Comida Móvil:  en Español
Directions to County Operation Center: PDF
Operations FAQ: PDF
Mobile Food Operator's Guide: PDF
Manual del Operador: en Español
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Guidelines: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Letter: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Worksheet: PDF 
 

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Cottage Food Operations

California Department of Public Health: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
California Cottage Food Bill: AB 1616
California Cottage Food FAQs: English   Spanish
Ley de Alimentos Caseros - Preguntas Frecuentes: en Español
San Diego Cottage Food Registration Form: PDF
Zoning Requirements: Permit/License Requirements from your City of Residence
San Diego Cottage Food Label Requirements: PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Self Inspection Checklist: Class A - Self Inspection Checklist
San Diego Cottage Food Potable Water Requirements: PDF
State Approved Laboratories for Water Quality Analysis: PDF
Do You Qualify as a Cottage Food Operation? Flow Chart Screening PDF
 

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Community And Culinary Gardens

Community Garden Guideline:  PDF
Community Garden FAQ: PDF
Guidelines for the Use of Alternate Water Supplies to Irrigate Gardens: PDF
Composting Tips for School or Community Gardens: PDF

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Disaster Preparedness

Boil Water Order Information:  PDF
Emergency/Disaster Procedures for Food Facilities:  PDF
Emergency Shelter & Mass Feeding Center Guidelines:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Damaged Food:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Disposal of Spoiled Food:  PDF
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Procedures for Operators:  PDF
Fire Recovery - What to do after a Wildfire:  PDF
How to Keep your Food Safe during a Power Outage:  Video   PDF
Illnesses Guidelines for Food Operations:  PDF
 

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Consumer Resources

Emergency Food Supply:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Emergency Sewage Disposal:  PDF
Fight Bac!:  PDF
Food Safety Game Plan for Youth Sporting Events:  PDF
Guide for Packing a Safe School Lunch:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Purifying Water:  PDF

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Rules and Regulations

California Retail Food Code (CalCode):  PDF 
California Retail Food Code (CalCode) Summary of Changes:PDF
California Sherman Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law:  PDF
San Diego County Wholesale Food Warehouse Ordinance:PDF
Trans Fat Industry Fact Sheet (AB 97) & Cal Code Summary of Changes (SB241):English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Trans Fat Guidelines (CCDEH):  PDF 
Service Animals (US Department Of Justice):PDF
  
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