C O T T A G E    F O O D

A Cottage Food Operation (CFO) is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products, which do not require refrigeration, are prepared or repackaged for sale. A Cottage Food Operator is an individual who operates a CFO in his or her private home and is the owner of the CFO. 

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  1. C O T T A G E    F O O D    O P E R A T I O N    R E Q U I R E M E N T S
  1. Approved Foods
  2. Food Handlers Card
  3. Labeling
  4. Water Supply & Sewage
  5. Zoning
  6. Other Requirements

Before you start the application process, please look over the Approved Food List from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and make sure the foods you wish to make are on this list. 

Foods containing cream, custard or meat fillings are considered potentially hazardous and are not allowed. Only foods that are defined as non-potentially hazardous are approved for preparation by a CFO. Non-potentially hazardous foods are items that do not require refrigeration to keep them safe from bacterial growth that could cause food borne illnesses. 

  1. Before You Apply
  2. Application
  3. After Approval

Before filling out an application, please review the CFO Self Certification Checklist to ensure that you meet all of the above requirements.

Once you have gone through the necessary items, you can apply for a permit.

There are two types of Cottage Food Permits:

  • Class ADirect sales to consumer only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annual Permit Fee:  $181.42
  • Class BDirect sales and indirect sales to food facilities . . . . . . . . Annual Permit Fee:  $453.55


  1. OUT OF COUNTY CFO


If you currently have a Cottage Food Operation in another county and wish to sell your food in Nevada County as a Temporary Food Facility, please fill out the Out of County Cottage Food Application. High and Low risk TFF's are outlined in this packet and pay an annual permit.

FEES for Annual TFF Permit for Out of County CFO

  • HIGH RISK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $181.42

  • LOW RISK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ 90.71

  1. FORMS & APPLICATIONS
  1. F E E S
Annual Permit - Class A $ 181.42
Annual Permit - Class B $ 453.55
Label Review 1-10 Labels $ 90.71
                        Each Additional Label $ 8.00