AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act allows certain low risk foods to be made in private homes and sold to the public. This type of home-based business is known as a Cottage Food Operation or CFO. To see if your business qualifies as a CFO business and how to obtain a permit, click here.
You can use the home's kitchen for the preparation, packaging, storage, or handling of cottage food products, as well as the ingredients and equipment that you use to make these products. Additional rooms within the same home as the home kitchen are to be used only for storage of sealed packaged food, ingredients, clean utensils, and clean equipment. No operations will take place in the out-of-doors, garage, out-buildings, or other location that is not inside the private home kitchen or storage rooms.
As a CFO, you are allowed to prepare only non-potentially hazardous foods in the home you live in. The food you wish to prepare must be listed on the State's approved list of food products, provided below. You are allowed to sell the food you prepared to the public, either directly or indirectly. How you decide to sell the cottage food will determine the class of CFO and the application process you will need to follow.
Please review the California State Department of Public Health's (CDPH) frequently asked questions document that will answer many of your questions. The California State Department of Public Health also maintains a list of approved cottage foods that are acceptable for CFO production at a private home. Please understand that CFOs may ONLY produce food from this list.