Food Publications


Find out what's new in the Food Program. 

For the safety of our customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environmental Health and Quality lobbies are temporarily closed to the public. We will continue to provide essential services to our customers via drop-offs, phone or video calls, and online services. Discover resources and learn more about our online services, hours and contact information.

Food and Housing COVID-19 resources have been relocated.


 Forms and Applications


AB 1990 - Community Food Producer Registration Form: PDF
Commissary Agreement:   PDF     Out of County Agreement
Cottage Food Program Information: HERE
Cottage Food Class 
 A CFO Registration: PDF
Cottage Food Class B CFO Permit: PDF
Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) Intake Form:  PDF
Health Permit Application: PDF (Right click on your mouse and "save as" for full PDF functionality)
Health Permit Fees:  PDF  (Effective 07/01/2021)
Fees for Additional Services: PDF  (Effective 07/01/2021)
Plan Check Application:
Plan Check Fees:  PDF  (Effective 07/01/2021)
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Worksheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter: County PDF / Out of County PDF
Change of Ownership Questionnaire: PDF
Public Records Request Form:
Satellite Food Service Guidance: PDF
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Application:
Temporary Food Facility Vendor ApplicationPDF
Temporary Food Facility Self Inspection Checklist: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Checklist: PDF
Veteran's Exemption Application:
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions: PDF


 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:
Food Handler Training Booklets: English (PDF) (Updated 03/19/2021)  Spanish (PDF) (Updated 03/19/2021)
  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
Community Garden Guideline PDF


 Guidelines and Handouts

Allergen Information: PDF
Avoid Food Poisoning, Don't Eat From Unpermitted Food Vendors: PDF
California Department of Public Health: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
California Clean Indoor Air Law FAQ: PDF
Cockroaches - How to Respond: PDF
Common Phrases - Let Your Fingers Do The Talking: PDF
Consumer Advisory Update: PDF
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility: PDF
Foodborne Illness Risk Factors and Interventions: PDF
Food Donations: Too Good to Waste PDF
Food Labeling Guide:  PDF
Food Safety Guide for Non-Profit Organizations that Distribute Food:  PDF
Food Safety During Transport or Deliveries: PDF 
Food Safety for Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms (AB 3336): PDF

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals: PDF
Guidelines for Allowing Non-Service Dogs into Outdoor Patio Dining:
Guidelines for Determining Approved Food Sources: PDF
Guide for Food Sales and Service at Sporting Events: Eat Safe! Play Safe! 
Handwashing Poster - Clean Hands Save Lives: English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Hepatitis A Guidance for Food Facilities: English (PDF)
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines: English (PDF)    Spanish (PDF) Vietnamese (PDF)    Arabic (PDF)    Tagalog (PDF) 
Insider's Guide to Handwashing:  English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF)
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control:  PDF
Plastic Straws and Children's Meals: PDF
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments: Website
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments Flyer: English (PDF)    Spanish (PDF)
Pollution Prevention at Events: PDF
Rapid Cooling: PDF  
Rapid Cooling Log: PDF
Reusable Bags: PDF
Satellite Food Service Guidance: PDF
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form: PDF

School Share Tables: PDF
Sewage Back-up / Spills - How to Respond: 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)



 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


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


 Plan Check

Non-Pool Plan Check Application: PDF
Pool Plan Check Application: PDF
Plan Check Fees: 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
California Clean Indoor Air Law FAQ: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Requirements: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check submittal Guidance and Checklist: PDF
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart: 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
Multiple Kitchen Complex Plan Check Review Guide: PDF
Acceptable Floor Materials: PDF
Grease Trap Policy: PDF
Buffet service guidelines: PDF
Mechanical ventilation exemption guide: PDF
Exemption Form - Clamshell Panini Grill
Exemption Form - Convection Oven
Exemption Form - Induction Hot Plate
Exemption Form - Ventless Hood Grease Trap Policy
Template Plan Submittal Package - Ice Cream Truck
Open-air BBQ guidelines: (Removed 05/13/2021 for pending updates)
Water heater sizing guidelines  (Updated 04/05/2021)


 Mobile Food Facilities

Avoid Food Poisoning, Don't Eat From Unpermitted Food Vendors! - What decals to look for?
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 Agreement Letter: County PDF / Out of County PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Worksheet: PDF 


 Catering Operations
Catering Ordinance Clean Version: 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



 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


 Community Gardens

Community Garden Guideline:  PDF
Community Garden FAQ: PDF
Guidelines for the Use of Alternate Water Supplies to Irrigate Gardens: PDF
Composting Tips for School or Community Gardens: PDF


 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
Influenza (Flu) Illnesses Guidelines for Food Operations:  PDF


 Consumer Resources

Emergency Food Supply:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Emergency Sewage Disposal:  PDF
Fight Bac!:  PDF
Food Safety at Youth Sporting Events:  PDF
Guide for Packing a Safe School Lunch:  English (PDF)     Spanish (PDF)
Purifying Water:  PDF


 Rules and Regulations

New Regulation Updates effective January 1, 2020: California Retail Food Code (CRFC) legislative changes and associated sections.

California Retail Food Code (CalCode):   PDF
California Sherman Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law:   PDF
San Diego County Wholesale Food Warehouse Ordinance: PDF
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals:
CDPH FAQs – Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products PDF



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