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.
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
To apply to become a Caterer who operates at a Host Facility – complete the Catering Standard Operating Procedure and submit it to Nolberto.Colon-Droz@sdcounty.ca.gov.
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
|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 Nolberto.Colon-Droz@sdcounty.ca.gov.