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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

Notice of Cost Recovery Proposal

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will be bringing forward proposed fee adjustments to the Board of Supervisors for consideration in March 2017 (anticipated).  San Diego County Board of Supervisors policy B-29 requires DEH to be full cost recovery.  DEH last adjusted fees in 2010, and since then the department has focused on how to offset rising costs by gaining operational efficiencies, leveraging technology to streamline work, and implementing business re-engineering projects.  The following is a list of current and proposed fees for DEH’s Food and Housing Division (FHD) programs.  The FHD will be hosting two stakeholder meetings to review the cost recovery proposal and answer questions on January 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and January 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in room 120 at 5500 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123.  If you have any questions regarding DEH’s FHD cost recovery proposal, please contact Bao Huynh at 858-694-3853 or at Bao.Huynh@sdcounty.ca.gov

January 23, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
January 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


REUSABLE BAGS - 
How to keep reusable grocery bags clean and safe: PDF 

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service Animals (US Department Of Justice): PDF
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals: PDF
Guidelines For Allowing Non-Service Dogs Into Outdoor Patio Dining: PDF

SCHOOL SHARE TABLES:  PDF

NEW HACCP GUIDANCE

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


COTTAGE FOOD OPERATIONS

For more information regarding the Cottage Food Program, click HERE

There are 2 types of Cottage Food Operations in San Diego County, a Class A CFO Registration and a Class B CFO Permit. Please complete the appropriate application packet and either submit in person at our Kearny Mesa Location (5500 Overland Ave. San Diego, CA 92123), or via email at FHDCottageFood@sdcounty.ca.gov
NOTE: Please remember that label samples for every product you wish to sell need to be submitted with your completed application packet.


Forms and Applications
AB 1990 - Community Food Producer Registration Form: PDF
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
Temporary Food Facility Sponsor Application:  PDF
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Application:  PDF
Veteran's Exemption Application: PDF
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions: 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 Safety Manager Certification Options:
Food Handler Training Schools:
PDF
PDF
Food Handler Training Booklets: English (PDF)  Spanish (PDF)
  Chinese (PDF)  Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Facility Consultations:   PDF
Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist:   English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Food Facility Food Temperature Log: PDF
Wholesale Food Warehouse Risk Control Plan: PDF
Culinary Garden Agreement PDF
Community Garden Guideline PDF


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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 Determining Approved Food Sources: PDF
Insider's Guide to Handwashing:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control:  PDF
Rapid Cooling: PDF
School Share Tables: PDF
Shellfish Warning Signs:  PDF
Time as a Public Health Control (TPHC):  PDF
Trans-Fat Fact Sheet:  PDF
Warewashing Guidance: PDF 
Water Conservation Tips for Food Facilities:  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 Safety in the Event of a Power Outage: PDF
Food Security Self-Assessment (US Department of Agriculture):  PDF
Safe Cheese:  HHSA English (PDF)  HHSA Spanish (PDF)  
Safe Handling of Eggs:  PDF
Safe Handling of Raw Produce & Juices (FDA):  PDF

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HACCP Guidance
HACCP Principles (FDA):  PDF
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Flow Chart: PDF
HACCP Checklist (Local - DEH FHD Review): PDF
HACCP Checklist (State Review): 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
Plan Check Consultation Guide: PDF
Food Facility Plan Review Guide: PDF
Food Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: PDF
Food Facility Plan Check Checklist: PDF
Direct Sales Catering - Host Facility Requirements for Breweries: PDF
Direct Sales Catering - Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: 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
Buffet service guidelines: PDF
Mechanical exhaust ventilation systems: PDF
Mechanical ventilation exemption guide: 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)
Cottage Food Law:  California Health & Safety Code §114365-§114365.6
Class A CFO Registration Packet: PDF
Class B CFO Registration Packet: PDF
California Cottage Food FAQs:  English   Spanish
Ley de Alimentos Caseros - Preguntas Frecuentes:  en Español
Zoning Requirements:  Permit/License Requirements from your City of Residence
Training Options:  State Food Processor Course or San Diego County Approved Courses
San Diego Cottage Food Label Requirements:  PDF 
Label Requirements for Allergens:  PDF
Do You Qualify as a Cottage Food Operation?  Flow Chart Screening PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Potable Water Requirements:  PDF

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Community and Culinary Gardens

Community Garden Guideline:  PDF
Community Garden FAQ: PDF
Culinary Garden Agreement: 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
Water Outage Guidelines: 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
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
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals: PDF



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