Catering and Host Facilities

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Host Facility, Summary of Requirements – Provide access for the Caterer to potable hot and cold water, mop sink, electricity to power portable mechanical refrigeration equipment, and a commercial restroom. Host facilities would be subject to plan check requirements and an annual inspection.

To apply to become a Host Facility please review the Host Facility Requirements to determine if you are eligible for a consultation or plan submission, and submit the plan check application.

Caterers Operating at a Host Facility, Summary of Requirements
Is required to meet the standards that apply to traditional caterers and additionally, while operating at a Host Facility - utilize portable mechanical refrigeration, provide an approved handwashing station in their food preparation area, and only conduct limited food preparation.

A caterer can also conduct traditional catering to private events. Inspections of Caterers will take place at their commissary and in the field.

To apply to become a Caterer who operates at a Host Facility – complete the Catering Standard Operating Procedure and submit it to

Please note that the Host Facility and Catering permits are additional options for food service - not a requirement.  To see all food service options for breweries and wineries, access the links below:

          Food Options at Breweries and Urban Wineries: PDF
          Food Options at Unincorporated Wineries: PDF

Catering and Host Facility Publications

    Catering Ordinance: PDF

    County News Center: Article
    Catering Pilot Study Findings and Recommendations: PDF
    Commissary Letter of Agreement Form: PDF
    Food Options at Breweries and Urban Wineries: PDF
    Food Options at Unincorporated Wineries: PDF
    Host Facility Requirements: PDF
    Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: PDF
    Plan Check Application: PDF
    Host Facility Plan Submittal Guidance and Checklist: PDF
    Catering - Standard Operating Procedures Worksheet: PDF

    If you would like to know more about the ordinance or have questions, please contact Nolberto Colon-Droz at (858) 505-6793 or at