Caterers supply food and related services to clients at off premises private or public functions. All food must be prepared at a permitted food facility, or commissary, that has been previously approved by Nevada County Environmental Health Department to serve the catering operation.
Who needs a Catering Permit?
Restaurants and markets that provide catering services are required to obtain a catering permit in addition to their current annual health permit. An example is when a facility prepares the food, transports the food to the event to be catered, and provides staff services and/or multi-use utensils.
Caterers are subject to the California Retail Food Code and must acquire a valid health permit. To obtain a valid health permit submit a Caterer Application Packet and pay the appropriate fees.
The following operations DO NOT need a Catering Permit:
A facility that prepares food for an event and only delivers food and disposable utensils with no additional services provided does not require a catering permit.
Cooks for hire: Any person hired to prepare and/or serve food at a private residence using ingredients and equipment provided by the private residence. No food or utensils may be stored, prepared or handled at the private home of the cook for hire.