Food Publications


Find out what's new in the Food Program. 


 Forms and Applications

AB 1990 - Community Food Producer Registration Form: PDF
Commissary Agreement:   PDF     Out of County Agreement
Compact Mobile Food Operations - Compact Mobile Storage Facility Agreement Letter: PDF
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 07/01/2023)
Fees for Additional Services: PDF  (Effective 07/01/2023)
Plan Check Application: PDF
Plan Check Fees:  PDF  (Effective 07/01/2023)
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) Worksheet:  PDF
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter:
           County PDF  (EnglishSpanishArabicTagalogVietnamese)  / Out of County PDF
Change of Ownership Questionnaire: PDF
Public Records Request Form:  PDF
Satellite Food Service Guidance: PDF
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Application: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Application: PDF
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Requirements: PDF (EnglishSpanishArabicTagalogVietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Checklist: PDF (EnglishSpanishArabicTagalogVietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Checklist: PDF (EnglishSpanishArabicTagalogVietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Permit Types: PDF (EnglishSpanishArabicTagalogVietnamese)
Veteran's Exemption Application: PDF
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions: PDF


 Operating Information

Guide to Opening a New Food Business in San Diego County: 
Retail Food Facility Operator's Guide:  English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)  | Chinese (PDF) | Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Safety Manager Certification Options: PDF
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) | Vietnamese (PDF)
Food Facility Food Temperature Log:  English (PDF)  | Spanish (PDF) | Vietnamese (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
CDC Risk Factors and Interventions:
      Arabic | EnglishMandarin/Chinese | Filipino/Tagalog |  Spanish | Vietnamese
Cockroaches - How to Respond:
      Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Dari | English| Farsi | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Filipino/Tagalog | Vietnamese
Common Phrases - Let Your Fingers Do The Talking: PDF
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Frequently Asked Questions: English | Spanish
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Operational Guidelines: English | Spanish
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Storage and Commissary Guidelines: English | Spanish
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Supported Vending Sites Guidelines: English | Spanish
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Zoning Requirements: PDF
Consumer Advisory Update: PDF
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility: PDF
Fishermen's Market: Organizer (PDF) | Participant (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:
     Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | English | Farsi | Filipino/Tagalog | Japanese  Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese       
Food Safety for Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms (AB 3336): PDF
Food Waste Newsletter - Department of Public Works: Residential Food Waste Reduction
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 Guidance: Arabic |EnglishMandarin/Chinese | Filipino/Tagalog | Spanish | Vietnamese 
Handwashing Poster - Clean Hands Save Lives: English (PDF)   Spanish (PDF) 
Hepatitis A Guidance for Food Facilities: English (PDF) 
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines: 
     Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | English | Farsi | Filipino/Tagalog | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese 
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control:  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  
Single-Use Utensils, Condiments, Straws: PDF 
Shellfish Warning Signs:  PDF 
Shigella Infection Prevention & Control:  
     Arabic | Chinese | EnglishKaren | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese   
Time as a Public Health Control: English | Spanish | Vietnamese    
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
CDFA Online Dairy Product GuidanceEnglish | Spanish
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: (Removed for pending updates)
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
Template Plan Submittal Package - Prepackaged Compact Mobile Food Facility
Template Plan Submittal Package - Unpackaged Compact Mobile Food Facility
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
Mobile Operations FAQ: (Removed for pending updates)
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 
Mobille Food Facility Startup Checklist: English, Spanish


 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

 Coronavirus / COVID-19

For up to date information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as the County  public health order , frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidance visit or  COVID-19 Information and Resources in Other Languages Web Page

General Disinfection Guidance - English  
Guía de Desinfección  - Spanish
消毒指南  - Mandarin (Chinese)
راهنمای ضدعفونی کردن  - Farsi 
دليل التطهير  - Arabic
消毒ガイダンス  - Japanese 
살균 지침  - Korean 
တၢ်ဃၢ် COVID-19 မၤသံတၢ်ဃၢ်တၢ်နဲၣ်ကျဲ - Karen

Food Facility Disinfection Guidance - English  
Guía para Establecimientos de Comida  - Spanish
食品處理中心指南  - Mandarin (Chinese)
راهنمای مراکز تهیه غذا  - Farsi
توجيه المنشآت الغذائية  - Arabic  
食品施設のご案内  - Japanese 
식품 시설 지침  - Korean 

Food Safety During Transport and Deliveries  - English
Como Proteger la Seguridad de la Comida durante Transporte / Entregas a Domicilio  - Spanish
在運輸/交付過程中保護食品安全  - Mandarin (Chinese)
پاس‌داشتِ موادِ خوراکی هنگامِ حمل و پخش  - Farsi
ماية سلامة الغذاء أثناء النقل / التسليم  - Arabic
輸送/配達中の食物安全管理  - Japanese   
운송 / 배달 중 식품 안전 보호  - Korean 


 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, 2022: Assembly Bill (AB) 831 Fact Sheet
California Retail Food Code (CalCode)
California Sherman Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law:   PDF
San Diego County Wholesale Food Warehouse Ordinance: PDF
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals:



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